"Today’s business professional never leaves home without their smartphone; an extension of the tech-savvy’s life. But does that mean that all elearning now has to be mobile too?" summarizes Melanie Small, regional director at Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH).
If you have not read part one, you can read it here.
It also relies on participants possessing the appropriate mobile device and software to access information; which can be expensive, especially when devices need to be upgraded frequently to combat obsolescence. Sitting alongside all of the above, it is perhaps important to touch on the subject of mindfulness when it comes to learning; if the learner gets a call or a text or any other media updates they are bound to be distracted.
Modern educators need to find ways to turn potential distractions into interactions; perhaps participants or students posting tweets that appear during any short live seminar or webinar taking place that they are watching on their device.
Mobile technology is changing the teacher/student or facilitator/delegate dynamic and, in most cases, for the better when implemented and used correctly. Open online courses, recorded lectures/seminars, digital textbooks and manuals, distance learning, SMS alerts and other push notifications about class/subject activities and the curriculum better captivate a larger audience.
As Apple reinvented the phone, so it is to each of us to reinvent learning so that it can be reached by children and adults alike, who can acquire new information in a multitude of ways and put it to use; mLearning is part of enabling this to happen and enhances the life-long learning process.