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Mobile Learning Trends

Educational, training institutions and eLearning content publishers must adapt themselves to the new technological landscape in order to keep their courses and learning materials relevant to today’s learners.

The development of educational mobile apps provides exciting new ways to develop educational courses that are both effective in reaching educational objectives for teachers and rewarding to the online learner. This presentation will serve as a guide for managers at learning organizations into ways to adapt courses for the multi-screen and multi-device app based environment that today’s learners engage in.

Mobile Learning Market Size

Mobile devices are outpacing traditional desktop environments when it comes to accessing the web. In fact, 60% of search queries are now done through mobile devices (source: SearchEngineLand). This trend has spilled over into all digital industries including online education.

Worldwide revenues for Mobile Learning products and services reached $8.4 billion in 2014 according to a new report by Ambient Insight called ‘The 2014-2019 Worldwide Mobile Learning Market.’ The global five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is 11.3% and revenues will reach $14.5 billion by 2019.

Responsive Learning Design to Support Multiple Devices

The key aspect in creating a successful mobile learning experience is to make the content accessible and responsive to a variety of different devices and screen sizes. It also means meeting the technical requirements of the different operating systems these devices use (Android & iOS).

Be aware that Flash is no longer compatible across all mobile devices, so sites still using Flash will not be accessible to all mobile users.

eLearning courses need to be designed from the ground up to be ready and responsive to different screen sizes, so there is no need to create multiple versions of the same content to remain compatible across different devices.

Mobile Learning Favors Micro Learning

Micro learning has become a core concept in modern eLearning design.

In the past, eLearning courses were designed to be 30 minutes to an hour with a lot of information to be delivered per learning session. However, this design was based on learning through traditional desktop environments.

The way that today’s learners access information has also changed their attention span and learning habits. In today’s more mobile device centered environment, information is best communicated in smaller segments. This new shorter length design format has a double advantage; it is not only easier to use on mobile screens, small sections are easier to update.

Social Mobile Learning

In the past eLearning has tended to lack the opportunity for collaboration and interaction that traditional real life classes offer. However, thanks to today’s mobile app technologies, the online learner does not have to miss out on the social and informal aspects of learning.

By leveraging the concepts popularized by social media sites, Social Learning Management Systems, like Instancy mobile app platform, provide collaborative learning features that enable learners to search and connect with peers and experts. With these technologies, learners can participate in real time discussions through discussion forums.

Gamification in Mobile Learning

Gamification is the process of turning parts of an education program into playable interactive games. This not only makes courses more enjoyable, but also adds variety and new ways to communicate the subject matter.

The interactive technology behind game design can be used to create real world simulations that teach a user how to practically apply what they learn in the class. Moreover, games facilitate a learner’s innate desire to compete and achieve.

Mobile Learning Analytics and the Experience API

Mobile and online learning doesn’t just benefit learners by providing them with convenient and dynamic ways to take their courses; it also benefits educators by giving them access to detailed learner performance analytics.

The analytic data that these built-in tools provide is important because it shows educators an accurate picture of how learners behave as they interact within the courses

These powerful new analytic tools enable educators to find the best ways to develop new courses and enhance existing ones.

Use of Artificial Intelligence in Mobile Learning

In addition to previously mentioned features artificial intelligence is another new technology aiding educators in enchanting online education

Chatbots, with natural language processing and conversational user interfaces, allow these learners opportunities to receive feedback and ask questions in real-time.

This allows for a highly customized learning experience capable of effectively educating in a variety of different learning styles and adapting to each learners pace and style.

Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)

Augmented reality uses a variety of devices from smartphones, wearable technologies and other technologies to add to a learner’s real world experience. This allows more ways to create engaging educational models and instructional materials.

Virtual Reality creates an entire digital world that user can interact with and explore in much the same way they do in real world environments. This can transport learners into places of the world they would otherwise never have access to.

Conclusion

The key to delivering the best possible learning experience is to create uniquely branded mobile apps that educational and training institutions can customize to meet their learner’s needs. More specifically, the mobile app should be a branded native app that has all the functionality and behave like widely used apps such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and gaming apps.

Educational institutions have new opportunities for revenue streams though in-app purchases, and extra features such as access to more educational games. New products can be developed to take full advantage of the various features mobile apps can offer.

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Mobile Learning in Education using Instancy Mobile App Platform

Wouldn’t it be great if busy professionals could learn at their own convenience to develop their skills or gain new ones; they can carry their learning resources and access them anywhere and engage in the learning process anytime that is most convenient?  They can have an entire learning university including social learning connections within it in their ‘back pockets’ and fingertips!

Mobile learning makes sense because mobile devices is what users prefer to search and browse the internet, access data and information just at the point of need. It is immediate and it is convenient.

There are many ways in which a mobile learning experience can be configured and delivered to your learners.  Moreover, there are many type of learning resources that you can include on your mobile experience ranging from short learning modules, online quizzes/tests, documents, virtual classrooms or blended leaning tracks that combine many modalities of learning and add prerequisite and learning sequences as well.

Instancy Mobile Learning App platform offers training and education institutions many options to create and publish branded mobile learning apps. There are three different approaches for creating and packaging branded mobile learning apps with Instancy learning platform:

Option 1: Learning Management System Portal as a Responsive Website

Learning Management System Portal as a Responsive Website
Learning Management System Portal as a Responsive Website

Instancy LMS website in a complete online university website that is ‘responsive’ and it adjusts to the web browser and device and can work on a browser or any mobile device like a tablet or a smart phone.

This mobile responsive website can be used to deliver and access eLearning content, class room registration, notifications and it can provide discussion forums for experts and students to discuss various topics within their learning.

Option 2: A Branded Mobile Learning Management Native App

The second option is to create a branded mobile learning native app which can be published as an android app on google store or published on the apple app store. Within the native app you can provide the students with native experience through which they can connect with the server.

A Branded Mobile Learning Management Native App
A Branded Mobile Learning Management Native App

Through the mobile learning native app, learners can connect to Instancy content server, a cloud based application, through which they can access all the assigned learning in multiple modalities.

They can receive ongoing assignments of eLearning tutorials which could be very short to keep the learning concise and something that they complete in a short period of time they can have a organized list of videos, documents and include quizzes with various kinds of interactions they can also receive push notifications about reminders and re-enforcement on what they are learned, besides that  users can also engage with other learners using discussion forums and browse through list of all the other pears and connect with them in formal way as part of the learning environment. Through this native app users can also given the opportunity to download the content on the device and access that content at their own time in a offline mode their progress and scores can be recorded on the device with in the app and can be synchronized to the server at a later time.

Option 3: Package an eLearning Course as Mobile Native App

Package an eLearning Course as Mobile Native App
Package an eLearning Course as Mobile Native App

The third option for creating your mobile learning native app is to publish a set of content, for example, a specific course, online test, a set of documents or videos within the native app and published on to the app store. The ‘eLearning course app’ is a standalone app that can be downloaded on learners’ tablet or smartphone and it does not need to connect with the server to access the content or to provide any kind of user login, password or maintain any learner progress tracking on the server side. The content is all packaged with in the app the user can access the content multiple times and their progress data is kept within the downloaded native app.

Summary
Based on the business requirement, with Instancy mobile learning app platform, there are multiple ways to create and publish mobile learning for your learning organization or training business. You can upload existing content such as videos, documents, existing eLearning courses or you can create new mobile learning content including micro learning tutorials, test or quizzes, surveys and leaning tracks using Instancy authoring tools on cloud-based Instancy Learning Content Management Server (iLCMS). From the iLCMS you can publish your content within:
a) Intancy’s browser based mobile learning management system or
b) Mobile native app that connects to the content server and provides self-registration, access to a catalog of learning resources and track learner progress or
c) Stand-alone native app with packaged content without needing to connect a cloud-hosted content server.

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