04 July 2018

6 Ways to Support Learners through m-learning

6 Ways to support learners through m-learning

Like all technologies, mobile learning comes with its own advantages, possibilities, and disadvantages. With some thought and planning, we can successfully support learners through their mobile devices. There are many ways to leverage mobile technologies for learning and development. Let’s have a look at 6 ways to support learners through their mobile devices :

  1. Use mobile device as a medium to deliver learning

This would involve sharing bite sized microlearning modules to learners at designated time frames. Although it might appear as a large course broken down into smaller pieces, keep in mind that while designing such distributed learning, appropriate repetition and practice need to be considered. Each bite sized module will be easier to digest which means that they are more likely to retain information as they consume small amounts each day.

  1. Send follow-up content

Mobile is also a great medium for post-course follow-ups for retrieval practice. These can range from scenario based case studies to game-based quizzes that they take based on the concepts covered. Other forms of retrieval practice could involve success and failure stories, tips and tricks, content updates, etc.

  1. Just-in-time support

This is probably one of the most common uses of mobile devices in the learning and performance context. This is because 99% of mobile users are likely to keep their mobile phone with them most of the time which means that they get access the modules anywhere, any time. The great thing about this in regards to m- learning is that It helps in the quick reinforcement of the subject and for a precise understanding of a subject.

  1. Provide location sensitive information

There are plenty of work contexts in which people are expected to do certain tasks based on the location they are in. For Example: In Manufacturing industry when you are working on a machine you are required to wear the safety equipment such as safety goggles and gloves while at work and in construction fields the workers are required to wear a helmet. So in such cases with the help of mobile devices, we can create triggers to learner’s mobile devices, raising an alert about the requirement for an area the moment they enter the area.

  1. Community learning

As there is the constant rise of social media and collaboration tools for workplace only points to an ever-growing need to learn from each other. Human beings are social and by getting everyone on a single platform we can create a communication channel with the fellow learners and experts which will help speed up the process of learning.

These are the ways you can support learners through their mobile devices and as mobile being the popular tool for learning for the Millennials it can be used for a wide range of uses.

6. Let User-Generated Content Take Center Stage

This is a useful strategy for new and novel topics, for which experts and expertise are not readily available. For example, take the case of the students of a research program, who are conducting research on a specific type of pollen which is found in the surrounding areas of a city. The students fan out in teams, each team visiting a different area in search of the pollen. Their task is to document their findings and compare notes at the end of the visit, so that the entire group can learn collectively from everyone’s experiences. A mobile app which facilitates this note taking, and then consolidates these notes into a single, larger database for further analysis, can prove invaluable.

These are the ways you can support learners through their mobile devices and as mobile being the popular tool for learning for the Millennials it can be used for a wide range of uses.

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