It’s hard to deny the huge role mobile apps play in our everyday lives. We use them to record our TV programmes, keep in touch with friends, read books and news…this list is endless.
But, this rise in ownership and use of mobile devices doesn’t only affect our personal lives, it also opens doors for learning and teaching.
Mobile technologies provide an excellent platform for new ways of learning, such as flipped, blended and adaptive, and offer new opportunities for teachers to engage with this type of technology. This is great news at a time when student expectations are rising around how they want to access learning and receive communications, and while the government and employers are pressing school leavers and graduates to be able to contribute to a digital workforce.
Together, these factors are driving the popularity of mobile learning within further education (FE), higher education (HE) and skills.
"Mobile devices give us a unique opportunity to have learners embedded in a realistic context at the same time as having access to supporting tools." FUTURELAB (2004)
Through our work we know there are some great examples of mobile applications being used in new and innovative ways. Now we want to share this best practice more widely.
Share your experiences
I want to find out how you’re using mobile apps in teaching and learning to enhance the student experience. My team is inviting staff from across the sector to tell us what they’re doing and how it benefits their learners. We want to share these best practice examples with the sector to help others and encourage interactive learning, by featuring them in our updated detailed guide (infoKit), which we’ll be launching next year.
If you would like to share your story fill in the submission form by Monday 10 November and if you’re successful you’ll be given support to help you produce a video case study.
The benefits of mobile learning
- Making it personal – resources can be personalised to the individual and their needs, helping them to engage with the material
- Adding flexibility – having learning resources at their fingertips means that learners can fit their study around their lives. One such advantage is the productive use of ‘dead’ time, such as when travelling or queuing
- Engaging content – learning materials can take a variety of formats, whether it’s audio, text, video or visual
- Location, location, location – getting access to course materials, mentors and tutors when not on campus can significantly improve the learning experience, particularly for those in isolated or rural communities
- Easy analytics – data can be recorded and learning processes captured as and when they happen, helping to better track learner progress, issue reminders and potentially identify any problems quickly
- Embedding good behaviour – by giving students all the information they need at home, it gets them thinking outside of the classroom and promotes active learning
- An inclusive tool – digital capabilities through new mobile technologies can also support accessibility for learners with special educational needs, for example, use of inbuilt voice recorders can help those with dyslexia record and digest content