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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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Basics of Micro Learning and its Benefits

The basic concept of micro learning is to organize and deliver educational and training material into short segments. Traditional educational approaches have focused on presenting material through long form content, like eBooks and eLearning courses, requiring the learner to spend long periods of time focusing on multiple concepts, subjects, or skills at a time.  In contrast, micro learning is designed to be delivered in smaller segments that take less time to complete. This form of learning is much more in tune with the modern learner’s attention span and lifestyle and ability to retain the knowledge or skill acquired.

Basics of Micro Learning and its Benefits
Basics of Micro Learning and its Benefits

Micro learning benefits both the learner and the content designers in training organizations. It benefits the learner because they are able to more quickly acquire knowledge through a variety of formats adapted to the technologies they are already using in their everyday lives. Educational and training organizations benefit because these smaller courses are cost effective to develop and to update as needed. Overall, micro learning allows for many levels of variation and customization in education.

The Characteristics and Implementation of Micro Learning

Micro learning better enables material to be delivered through various forms of media, such as video, short presentation, a PDF document, audio, a short quiz or game. The key to delivering material in a micro learning format is to make sure the course segments are divided into smaller chunks. For instance, instead of a video course lasting an hour and covering various topics in a single video, these same topics can be divided into shorter individual videos or combined with other content types. Likewise, micro learning allows for material to be adapted into formats better suited for modern technologies. Large volume of text, for example, is difficult to consume on the smaller screen mobile devices that are widely used by today’s learners.

Characteristics and Implementation of Micro Learning
Characteristics and Implementation of Micro Learning

For some areas of study, the segmentation of information and knowledge isn’t just beneficial; it’s optimal.  For example, in teaching a new software application that performs a variety of functions, the educator is better able to focus the learner’s attention on the most relevant parts of that software. This way the learner is able to quickly learn a new software skill without having to also learn parts of that software that may not be entirely useful for their purposes.

Why Learning Institutions and Employers Should Use Micro Learning

The applications and benefits of micro learning are not just limited to the classroom based learning materials, however. Businesses can use micro learning to make employee training more time and cost effective. By teaching new skills in short and focused segments, employees are able to spend more time doing their jobs and less time sitting in training rooms and access the learning at the moment of need to perform a job-task more confidently and correctly. Learning courses used by businesses have a great deal of flexibility in their implementation, and micro learning allows for these businesses to focus on the skills that would most benefit their employees and the organization as a whole.

Learning Institutions and Employers Should Use Micro Learning
Learning Institutions and Employers Should Use Micro Learning

For training organizations, micro learning helps solves the issue of keeping their eLearning content relevant and accessible to the modern learner. Today’s learners, are constantly consuming entertainment and are always connected to social media. The fact of the matter is, educational institutions must adapt to this world in order to keep their student’s interested and engaged. Micro learning also helps learning organizations adapt to the 70:20:10 framework now common in the field of learning and skill development.  The 70:20:10 framework requires that education be presented in three different learning types: 70% Experiential (Experience) which takes the form of hands-on tasks and real world practice, 20% Social (Exposure) which involves learning through collaboration and interaction with peers and mentors, and 10% Formal (Educational) which takes the form of tests and traditional instruction.  This innovative framework has been found to be effective for learners in the educational system and workers in the business sector. Equally important, because smaller educational course units are quicker and cheaper to both develop and update, educational organizations are to keep themselves up-to-date in a fast, cost effective matter. The cost effective nature of micro learning along with its ability to adapt courses to today’s media formats and attention spans, means businesses, educational institutions, and learners, all benefit from this innovative concept.

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