As is well known, the world of education, both in the form of traditional learning in the classroom and in the distance learning (DL) one, is constantly evolving. Thanks to the new technologies, indeed, the training experience is increasingly moving towards interaction not only between the learners, but also between the learners and the smart devices. Furthermore, the new technologies aim towards usability that has no limitations neither from the point of view of time, nor of the place.
Mobile learning aims at making educational courses available wherever you are.
MOBILE LEARNING: A GENERAL DEFINITION
The mobile learning is a particular kind of learning, belonging to the macro set of micro-learning, which is born to be usable through any mobile devices: indeed, all the learning material is conceived, designed and developed to be available even on low resolution screens, such as those of the smartphones and tablets; moreover, it can take place anywhere, or at least at any place with an internet connection through which access the material to be viewed or downloaded.
It can be said, therefore, that mobile learning has the objective of making distance learning available not only from the PC and through the classic LMS (learning management system), but from wherever you are.
THE FEATURES OF MOBILE LEARNING
Let’s find out the main characteristics of this new kind of distance learning:
ANYTIME & ANYWHERE EDUCATION
The first characteristic of mobile learning is related to the fact that you are able to follow the courses wherever you are and whenever you want. Compared to the courses designed for LMS, in which the use of a PC is necessary, mobile learning courses are specifically designed and developed to be followed through the mobile devices.
MOBILE LEARNING HELPS LEARNERS WITH DISABILITIES
Thanks to the possibility to zoom the text, to use voice-transcription systems, to the geolocation technologies and the text-to-speech (TTS), it allows to reach higher number of people than the traditional classroom training.
MOBILE LEARNING SUPPORTS SEAMLESS LEARNING
Since both teaching materials and the information about the students’ progress are stored on remote servers, and not locally on the hard disk of a single device, the learners can access their educational material from different devices, how and when they need it.
MOBILE LEARNING IMPROVES EDUCATION POSSIBILITIES
Mobile learning extends the educational opportunities for those users who, for different reasons, cannot have access to external institutions; it creates students’ communities within companies; it allows to reach a higher number of people than the traditional classroom training.
MOBILE LEARNING IN BUSINESS CONTEXT
In the business context, mobile learning could bring many advantages both for the company and for its employees: