Mobile learning (m-learning) is still evolving and means different things to different people. But respondents in a 2017 NMC Horizon Report (Higher Education) forum largely agreed that several characteristics hold true to make it successful.
M-learning has leveraged mobile technology to make learning portable and provide instantaneous access no matter the location of the student. Educators have witnessed a resurgence of m-learning through an increase in BYOD (bring your own device) initiatives across learning institutions.
Key topics of conversation:
For students, m-Learning is less about the technology and more about affordability and convenience. They can learn on their own time, wherever they are.
Affordability and accessibility are key factors to both financially disadvantaged students and students in developing countries. One administrator said her school serves a high percentage of underrepresented students, but that 96 percent of them own a mobile phone, often in place of any other computer.
A mobile-first strategy is a crucial unifier between staff and students.
More content on mobile learning services needs to be truly responsive and mobile. A lot of content is inaccessible due to bandwidth, connectivity, and file or application format, such as Flash.
Many m-Learning services are missing assessment and engagement components, like games, testing and simulations (gamification basics).
Mobile learning is not a standalone technology and will often work in concert with cloud computing.
Pretty much all mobile learning solutions lack a text messaging component.
M-learning platforms work well for accessing information; however, there continue to be difficulties with real-time text collaboration.
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