Technology is truly creating a lot of changes in the world, usually to make things a lot more convenient and to help bring about more effective outputs. Education is not immune from this, and even when Learning Management Systems are already an innovation as it is, it continues to modernize.
With the rise of more powerful mobile devices, a lot of things are becoming on-the-go, evident with the proliferation of mobile apps on almost anything. Learning management systems are not to be left behind, and are now being taken to mobile as well.
But how is the LMS landscape really being redefined by smartphones? Is it really for the better?
Perceived Benefits of Mobile Learning
Mobile learning has actually been around for a while and has already set its roots in various ways. Studies show that around 47% of teachers strongly agree, and another 44% somehow agree that digital literacy courses are needed and could be used to deliver successful learning to students. Also, the same study points out that as much as 73% of teachers as now using some form of mobile technology as part of their teaching methods.
With learning management systems, students are now able to learn wherever they go. Learning can then be done anywhere and anytime, even helping students make fast and convenient research and quickly leave feedback from peers and teachers. It’s always best to provide flexibility on learning so that anyone can learn at their own pace.
Smart LMS can also analyse user behaviour that will help the system draw improvements to enhance understanding and encourage a better attitude towards learning.
Furthermore, it has been observed that there is an improvement in completion rates for mobile learning, which means that mobile learning is truly bringing about desired results in learning.
Mobile Learning Adoption in Different Education Levels
Since the educational materials for mobile devices can be easily adapted and edited for a certain focus, it can be used to foster learning from whatever education level it is intended for. Here are some ways on how mobile learning affects different levels of education:
In K12 education
With more than 50% of high school students having smartphones of their own, mobile devices are an easy way that can be tapped to help augment learning. This is especially true because as much as 70% of students are more inclined to learn when mobile devices are involved. Learning, in this sense, is viewed as a fun activity – much like playing a game – that students can grow to prefer.
With this in mind, teachers are trying to harness the power of mobile devices to help complement their teaching strategies with improving the learning of students while their productivity is improved as well.
In Higher Education
While more powerful devices such as laptops are still the primary learning device used by students in higher education, mobile devices also have their fair share of responsibility. Mobile devices are commonly used for informal and self-directed learning such as learning a new language or skill. However, mobile devices will need to further improve as the small screens are not the best choice when it comes to accessing digital books and materials.
Among students in higher education, tablets appear to be the most popular mobile device for learning, with smartphones and e-book readers trailing close behind.
Finding the Balance for Optimal Impact
Surprisingly, mobile devices have been negatively attributed to students’ performance in the US. The same study found a connection between students with low GPAs and students that are fond of using small devices – such as their mobile phones and e-book readers.
The proliferation of mobile devices has led to the rise of mobile learning which is redefining not only the LMS landscape but learning in general. As more people get accustomed to using the most accessible piece of technology to them, students are starting to integrate their mobile devices within their study habits and routines.
Given this, the importance of maintaining a balanced and responsible use of mobile technology remains crucial in a holistic approach that will help both students and educators in learning.