Of late, mobile learning was always in the background of education technology. Though M -learning was a concept established long ago, and was appreciated for its convenience and cost-efficiency, yet its adoption in the classroom was tentative, restricted, and mostly dependent on an educator’s initiative.
However, the Covid -19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdown disrupted the older way of educating and things spinned around for mobile learning. Teachers from two hundred countries were urgently required to readjust the learning process for online education without compromising its efficiency, and hence mobile educational apps were rediscovered and they quickly became a staple of remote education. Will education be the same when societies emerge from the lockdown?
Will the revamped system find a place for M-learning?
How Mobile Learning lifts up Traditional Education
Here is why mobile learning should continue to remain a part of education kits after we emerge from the lockdown.
- It increases the Classroom Experience
Today, educators around the world are actively embracing tools and strategies and all types of mobile apps like coloring apps to AR anatomy tools. Ever since most of the in-person classes were halted because of the lockdown, mobile AR and VR solutions became the best media for home-based education.
Features like teaching continuity, free content, extended course libraries, ImagineAR and MetaAR are a few prime examples of home learning which allow teachers to design educational materials with 2D and 3D objects without coding.
As countries start emerging from the lockdown, teachers who got appreciated for the eye- catching visualizations, classy learning models, and cost-efficiency of AR apps, are most likely to continue using them as support tools more often even after the COVID-19 pandemic.
- It allows Students have possession of Their Learning
Before lockdown days, interactive learning had made its way into classrooms all over the globe. It was favored by teachers for keeping students motivated, attentive, and alert. In lockdown, if video conferencing tools allowed teenage and adult learners to connect easily online, then educational mobile games were most preferred teaching tools for kindergarten and primary school pupils to keep lessons engaging and enjoyable for them.
Educational video games like Assassin’s Creed or Minecraft , Kahoot (game-based learning app from Norway), Indian K-12 learning app BYJU’S are few game-based apps that not only allowed teachers to keep education fun and simple during these testing times, but it has also helped in engaging students and encouraging them to master new concepts.
- It alleviates the Digital Divide
The challenge of the digital divide has been harming the education sector ever since technology started gaining its foothold in the classrooms. Even though internet and technology is getting cheaper year after year, lower-income families children tend to lack satisfactory connectivity.
When education shifted online, the alarming digital gap was revealed as; 21% of parents admitted their children couldn’t complete schoolwork due to lack of computers in the household, while 22% of stated they didn’t have consistent internet access at home.
Due to lockdown many countries launched mobile apps or mobile-responsive platforms for remote learning, allowing millions of children to keep up with their curriculum. The success of this unplanned experiment confirmed that the digital divide can be mitigated by the Standardization of mobile learning apps on mobile devices. The mobile delivery model enabled the underprivileged students to participate in the learning process on par with their more well-to-do classmates.
- It Keeps Higher Education pertinent and Competitive
After many months of quite efficient online teaching, the very expensive traditional system of higher educational institutions with its one-way lectures and teacher-centered learning is most highly likely to lose its appeal to the current potential students. Thus, to survive in the post-
lockdown period, universities should revamp their value plan, making it parallel with what their students need.
Since younger generations today is so keener than ever on digital technologies, mobile learning should become a good competitive advantage for all educational institutions. This technology can empower students with the flexibility to study anywhere at any suitable time.Above all, the shift to mobile learning will help universities become more budget-friendly, easier and more ecologically sustainable which is mainly important in the aftermath of the economy- wrecking pandemic. Also, it is cheaper to update a mobile app’s content than reprinting old textbooks and studying materials.
- It increases the Classroom Experience
Barriers to M-Learning Adoption
Even though Mobile learning has gained a new importance due to the pandemic and recent technological advancements, its implementation is still loaded with persisting challenges like:
- Risk of Digital Distraction
An inherent disadvantage of mobiles is that they are very distracting. This is a universal issue but children and teenagers, who lack adult discipline and self-control, are particularly more likely to misuse their devices when they are bored.
Thus introduction of mobile learning in classrooms can take its toll on students’ academic performance.
- Lack of Adjusted Teaching Practices
Educators’ insufficient competence and experience in handling mobile courses is another major block on the way toward full-scale m-learning concept.
A pleasing pedagogical framework on how to properly use mobile apps in a classroom is required and hence only the more tech-savvy and determined teachers can explore m-learning, while others who are unaware of the technology’s potential can steer clear from educational mobile apps.
Creative Social Intranet’s M-Learning App: the New Era of Forward-Minded Educators
- Due to the COVID-19 crisis, M-learning has finally been recognized and accepted as a sustainable educational technology.
- Creative’s M- apps make lessons more creative, turn tests into engaging games, and layout complex concepts in a simple-to-grasp way.
- The wide acceptance of m- learning methods promises to prepare kids for the technology-saturated world we are living in.
- It bridges the gap between low-income students and their hi-fi classmates.
- The New Creative’s Mobile learning app will help to reduce the knowledge and skill gap that discourages many tutors from employing the technology.
- Creative Social Intranet’s education apps think out of designs that make their products more enticing than the social networks and games.
All in all, nobody knows whether there will still be room for all the virtual learning strategies after lockdown. So let’s hope that the unique opportunity offered by Creative Social Intranet’s M-learning app which helps to study anytime, anywhere — which is so valuable in the modern knowledge-driven world that the technology gains a foothold in the educational ‘new normal’.