The future of mobile learning lies beyond delivery of learning material on to your phone in a form that can be easily consumed. The future lies in its ability to influence the rate of learning, and improve educational levels.
Mobile learning experiments are now being conducted in classrooms and institutions across the world with varying levels of success. The sophistication of devices themselves, in addition to the growing reliance and spread of internet connectivity has given tremendous impetuous to mobile learning everywhere.
Today’s challenges largely deal with the deliverability of content, access to technology, and integration with current educational or training systems. The future of mobile learning will deal with overcoming challenges in education itself.
Personalization of Learning
With diversity of student needs and varying levels of comprehension, mobile learning will be seen as the solution to enable personalized one-to-one education that will allow each student to make best use of their potential, and deliver content in the form that is most suited to the student. By understanding the capability of every student in a more personalized environment, educators will be able to move students through advanced levels of learning or suggest remedial courses, without the student ever failing or being exposed to debilitating peer and social pressures.
Overcoming Learning Disabilities
Mobile learning has the potential to liberate a great number of students who lag behind their peers due to various disabilities. In addition to enabling independence, mobile learning apps can be uniquely tailored to support students with learning issues such as dyslexia and ADHD, as well as to physically challenged students. Using technology, students will soon be able to compete on an even platform as mobile technology serves to overcome their impediment, and provide for their specific learning needs.
Mobile Learning and Measurability
In the future the successful mobile learning program will be able to incorporate ‘learning measurement’ or tools that can grade levels of education. To foster self-learning, it will need to provide the learner with objective measurement for learning improvement. To work in association with an educational environment, it has to provide educators with the ability to monitor and measure whether learning is taking place and how effective it is for students at different levels.
The way forward
The road ahead for mobile learning will see educational capability overtake the discussions on devices, connectivity and content delivery. We will no longer be talking about the capabilities of the mobile device or the features of the app, but of the value of the mobile learning program in terms of the education it delivers.
A mobile learning app that makes you learn French three times faster than a regular classroom; a course on your iPad that will enable your child to read and write before he joins Kindergarten; mobile learning will be measured and judged for its learning offerings in the future.
Mobile learning has the potential to disrupt the current route of education by delivering valuable and timely material on any subject, in a customizable form that is engaging and interactive. By bringing in the best pedagogies and providing the flexibility to cater to personal learning needs, mobile learning can fulfill the educational requirements of this century in a way that no generation before has experienced.