During the last decade, the way we use our smartphones has changed. Gone is the time when people only used phones to make calls. With a smartphone in your hand, you have endless possibilities.
M-learning stands for mobile learning and includes all portable devices such as smartphones, tablets, and handheld computers.
With m-learning, the focus is to create easy learning, so that learners can learn wherever they are and whenever it fits their schedule. They can go through training at their own pace, making the experience more tailored to the individual. The training is on-demand, and accessible which is ideal for Just-In-Time learning. The flexibility and individualization makes it more engaging, as learners are more likely to complete and come back to the material and review it. It is excellent to combine m-learning with video learning since the combination of the two makes for an engaging experience. To boost engagement further, one can add interactive activities and exercises with quizzes.
There is a big difference between creating a computer-based course and a mobile-first course. For learners, there is a significant difference in learning from different devices. The same content and format can't just be copied and applied to mobile learning. The design needs to be mobile-friendly and use the one idea per screen rule. Navigation needs to be easy, and buttons should be prominent. The design should also be responsive and work on any smartphone or tablet screen. The amount of time for each learning unit should be between 5-10 minutes. Small chunks of learning units are also called microlearning.
Mobile learning has increased in popularity and will likely continue to grow. as it fits a fast-paced work where the need for ongoing learning is constant. M-learning is fast, flexible, and engaging, a perfect combination for anyone wanting to create successful training.
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