Mobile learning (m-learning) is the delivery of education and training through mobile devices, allowing people to learn wherever and whenever they want. Resources are delivered via mobile apps, and all the information is available offline after the initial download.
The term ‘mobile’ in ‘mobile learning’ actually refers to mobility, as learners don't have to be in a classroom, but can access the learning resources anytime, anywhere, without an internet connection.
Many people confuse mobile learning with e-learning (electronic learning), but there are crucial differences. E-learning is a common method of training but tethers users to their desks, as it requires access to the internet. M-learning on the other hand doesn't require internet access so can offer truly flexible learning.
Mobile learning is not simply a way of viewing pdf files on a mobile phone; nor is it simply an extension of e-learning for mobile devices or a mobile responsive website. True mobile learning makes the most of the smart device, using its native code to present accessible, engaging content offline.
Mobile devices are constantly within reach, and offline capability means learners can access the resources at a time and in a place that is convenient to them. This enables independent, self-directed learning, and is also hugely beneficial for people accessing training with low internet connectivity or requiring on-the-job training.
76% of adults in the UK have a smartphone, and mobiles are quickly becoming the device of choice. We use mobiles to make almost every aspect of our lives easier and more efficient - why not training and education as well?
Mobile learning resources typically use microlearning - they break down material into small, digestible chunks. This makes it easier for users to engage with the content as they can gain a sense of achievement from short learning periods.
The interactivity and multimedia available within a mobile learning app can greatly increase learner focus and engagement. For example, users can view videos, graphs and diagrams, listen to audio recordings, and complete quizzes and self-assessments.
The inclusive and intuitive nature of smart devices ensures the training platform is easy to understand and allows training providers to save money on hardware. Mobile learning allows vast groups of people to easily and instantly access training with minimal disruption - unlike costly training workshops.
Mobile learning apps use remote tracking features to measure progress, performance and self-evaluation across individuals and groups. This can provide valuable feedback to educational and training providers on the impact of their provision.
Mobile learning is applicable to a wide range of contexts. It can be equally useful for small children learning the alphabet as for employees engaging in serious professional training. It can be used to provide educational resources to pupils within one classroom, or remote training to staff worldwide.
Deploying courses involves a click of a button and uses very little resources when compared to printing textbooks or organising training workshops. Combined with the ability to learn in areas with low internet connectivity, the potential to reach more learners is huge.
Blended learning involves using mobile learning alongside traditional training methods, allowing technology to complement classroom teaching or face-to-face courses. This allows individuals to learn independently at their own pace but still have the support of a teacher.
Mobile learning can be collaborative, as users make use of the shared opportunity. Within a group of learners, all users can carry the resources with them at all times, thus enabling easy access during discussions about the learning material.
We create high-quality mobile learning courses so that users can make the best use of this opportunity. Our poweful mobile platform and Learning Management System (LMS) allows us to provide organisations with bespoke training apps for their customers and staff.