Strengths and Weaknesses of Mobile Learning
Here’s the thing about mobile learning … it’s a buzz word. It’s one that we’ve all heard and probably one that we’ve all said at least a time or two, or a hundred. I can admit that it’s been known to slip out of my own mouth on occasion.
But what does this buzz word actually mean?
And, probably more importantly how can we put it to use in our own little E-Learning world? These are the questions we answer today. We’re going to take a closer look at both the strengths and weaknesses of mobile learning as well as look at the opportunities this new technology will offer us all.
One of the greatest strengths of mobile learning is the platform its self. Finally we have a mobile delivery system that is not tied to a wi-fi signal. For the first time ever participants can truly fit learning into their day in a way that is completely unique to their own wants, needs and schedule.
Beyond that, the platform is easy to use from a development standpoint. The format is open and it does not bring the complications so intrinsic to a desktop or PC system.
Next, we have to look at the fact that mobile technology is always evolving.
With each new wave of phones and tablets to hit the market we are introduced to technology that is bigger, stronger, faster. How often does this happen? About every three months.
What does this mean?
It means that the buzz word is about to become the future. No, scratch that, it’s about to become the present. Especially when you consider the emerging tablet market and the versatility of those units.
Unfortunately one of the biggest weaknesses of mobile learning is also wrapped up in its greatest strength. All those emerging platforms that keep cropping up? Each one bigger and better than the one before? They translate to what can feel like an infinite number of operating systems.
If you are working a web based program, this isn’t too much of an issue (flash compatibility aside), but if you want to work more from an app standpoint, then it can be a never ending headache of updates and tweaks.
Also, while the tools are easy to use, you are operating on the assumption that your audience has the necessary skill to use them in the first place. Don’t get me started on the number of people who pay for smart phones every month and then can’t even manage to check their own voice mail!
The last concern I want to point out is security.
These platforms are not known for being tight, thus the ease of use. But, if you are working with sensitive data, then you might just be throwing it out there for the world to see. For some this might not be a big concern, but it is something to consider before you sink both the time and money in to developing these types of programs.
This is the “so what” portion of the day.
What does all this mean to you? Well, for one thing it offers you speed. If you need to roll something out and roll it out quick, then there is no faster platform to work with. Imagine being able to hit every participant, every employee at the same time with the same message. Mobile learning can give you that. It can also give you that at a fraction of the cost of any other type of communication.
It also offers you versatility. Yes, the model numbers are always changing, but you can use this to your advantage. With mobile learning you can tweak and change your message as often as you would like. Basically you always have the power to make sure you are saying the right thing at the right time to the right people.
What more of an opportunity do you want?
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