With the growing utility of mobiles devices in our everyday lives, the Training & Learning industry is realizing that learners are spending a large chunk of their time on their smartphones or tablets. The increasing popularity of mobile-based learning is a direct output of this realization. With developing technologies and development tools, many varied types of mobile-based learning modules are being created – but what is the basis of that?
To capture the distinctiveness of the mobile platform, developers need to keep in mind that the m-learning is largely learner-led and occurs outside the confines of the classroom. With this as the background, learning experts ascertain that there are a number of pedagogical theories that can be utilized when creating a mobile learning strategy:
The behaviorist learning theory follows the ‘drill and feedback’ method of providing the learners with appropriate learning material and then seeking response on the same. m-Learning fits well within this learning paradigm.
Within a constructivist learning framework, learners are encouraged to discover principles for themselves. This helps them to transform themselves from passive recipients of information to active constructors of knowledge.
This theory provides learners a problem that is based on the real-life situations they often encounter. Learners are encouraged to identify knowledge gaps by exploring the problem. These gaps are then filled by providing the learners access to suitable knowledge resources. This theory helps learners to identify what they want to learn and then provides them the same – following a strong learner-led approach.
Context awareness learning helps learners gain insights on problems at hand by creating a context from what they already know. So, in other words, this way of learning is through re-enforcing existing knowledge.
Collaborative learning is through interactions and mutual collaboration between learners.
Most successful mobile strategies use one or more prevalent learning theories and mould it to suit the pertinent needs of the learner group. Wondering what is the most suitable approach for your mobile learning initiative? Write to firstname.lastname@example.org or fill the form below and we will be happy to guide you to create an impactful as well as sustainable m-learning strategy.
Reference and suggested further reading: ‘Pedagogical Perspective of Mobile Learning’ by J. Taylor