Up till now, education in India was confined to the four walls of a classroom. However, with the advancements in technology, learning has taken a new shape.
Mobile learning is based on the use of personal electronic devices as a medium of learning. Widening the horizons of potential learning opportunities, it facilitates ‘anytime and anywhere learning’.
Of late, the concept has garnered a lot of interest from education-based companies, looking forward to capitalizing the potential efficacies of mobile learning solutions. Though, the concept has been there for almost a decade now. However, the last few years have witnessed a steady increase in its adoption.
Several startups have changed the face of education with their ‘Smart learning’ approach. They have built a legacy by introducing advanced ed-tech solutions in schools.
Moving away from the conventional classroom set-up, students are now opting for education based on mobile technology. It has certainly led to concerted and flexible learning. Mobile learning is deemed as a huge disruption in the way education is imparted.
Current trends show that mobile learning has been pivotal in bolstering the value of our education system. As per an Ericson forecast, more than 70 per cent of people across the globe will be smartphone users in the near future. This will further boost the education industry, as a majority of the millennials (age bracket 18-34 years) use smartphones for attaining knowledge. This on-the-go mobile learning process has entailed a paradigm shift in the education segment, and has made the process of acquiring it a lot easier.
A research by Ambient Insight testified the fact India is one among the top countries investing in mobile learning technologies in terms of expenses. Leveraging its much-talked-about potential, various applications like iProf, Duolingo and Kindle created a platform for mobile learning in the education sector. This was backed by the fact that more than 70 per cent of Indian employees deem mobile learning highly useful. They prefer gaining knowledge from these sources over others.
Increasing mobile usage has also enhanced the need of mobile learning in education. Despite the progress, India still has a lot of growth potential in mobile learning as a medium of education.
Well, what better than value addition to your knowledge through the electronic devices or smartphones you carry everywhere. It really can be used in a way that is educationally meaningful, enhancing the paradigm of teaching and learning process.