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Enabling Mobile Learning
Education experts predict that mobile learning will bring a paradigm shift in the world education due to changes in approach and integration of technology in learning. However, whenever a change of this magnitude is implemented, many technical and procedural changes are inevitable. While these changes can still be fine-tuned over time, the cultural shifts that mobile learning brings can create more complex scenarios in the workplace.
Identifying the barriers
One of the first barriers to mobile learning came from academic circles and the teaching community. The teachers weren't too keen on losing the power or authority of being the only teacher in the class, which all students were supposed to seek out to gain knowledge.ances. Suddenly, there were no longer teachers who taught, but teachers who responded to requests.
This was a marked difference from the one-to-many approach that teachers had become accustomed to over the many years of their teaching experience. ideological gulf between teachers and management. While management was very enthusiastic about adopting the new learning methods, so that they could be seen as a learning institution with an open door policy for education, teachers were not thrilled at the idea of having to answer questions from different students who referred to another source of information.
Other obstacles include the ambiguity over understanding the difference between e-learning and mlearning. While e-learning involves providing un in-depth training on a subject, m-learning is designed to provide real-time nuggets of information in short periods of time.
Other such obstacles are -
- Problems with real-time results monitoring and implementation
- Risk of initial disruption of the student learning process
- Different standards, operating systems and screens
- Lack of demographic frontier
Barriers to mobile learning, as with any change management initiative, are highly context-dependent and will change in intensity as both hardware and software.
As with the barriers to mobile learning, there are also benefits and catalysts. The most important of these catalysts is the element of familiarity. Students are already using the same tools to facilitate their learning.
These tools are very easy to adapt and use cloud storage as a basis for sharing data. All information is always available at your fingertips and takes much less time to access it.