Today the era of technology has changed over the past few years and its influence is strongly felt in the industry. Therefore smartphones, tablets and other devices have become an affordable option which helps in providing new updates by giving knowledge to students. Even the introduction of wireless technology has changed our learning and educational system.
Technology gives an innovative approach from E-learning to M- learning. M -learning is becoming popular than E-learning as it offers various benefits such as interaction anytime, learning opportunity, easy search capabilities, assessment search and making education accessible 24*7 hours.
There is no doubt about how the present generation is spellbound by technology learning activities and education through mobile learning is an effective way to spread education and is attracting the interest of students. It is a flexible approach to find any particular topic over mobile phones on the internet.
Moreover, students now feel comfortable while using mobile apps.
Many global companies like Google, Microsoft, Sony are following learning pattern in the education industry in providing better learning solutions.
Countries like Us are leveraging the power of mobile apps and changing the traditional way of learning that is going to school or bringing books. Now everything has changed with the introduction of mobile phones and other mobile apps.
BENEFITS OF MOBILE APPS ON EDUCATION INDUSTRY
- Ease of access to knowledge
- Easy accessibility of education material
- Learning without boundaries
- Enable collaboration between students, teachers, and parents
- Improves engagement of students
- The interactive and quick learning process
- Auto and instant updates
- Helps to establish direct contact between students, teachers, and parents
Our education system has been experiencing great change since the last decade. It is because of the introduction of online learning and digital education. According to researchers, m-education is the best way to open learning.
The big companies are trying and targeting to launch integrated solutions for students like hardware, software, and SAAS.
What numbers say?
Sources from the mobile education landscape reveal more than 5.5% spent on technology on education. In 2010, IT expenditure was $64.15 billion, growing at 2.5%. In 2015, US education was about $1.82 billion.
By 2018, at least 70% of mobile professionals conduct on personal smart devices.
99% of M- learners believe that mobile format and presentation enhanced their learning while 100% of the people say that they would complete their training in mobile learning.
Challenges with education mobile apps
Not designing an appropriate learning material for mobile devices
When we are talking about creating mobile courses and learning material then we need to keep in our mind that the learning material the create should conform to different sizes, render on different screen sizes and compatible with different operating systems.
Risk of distraction
The mobile phone used by the students generally increases the risk of distraction among them. It also lowers their concentration level. So educators in the school should be concerned about the fact that mobiles are not used for any other purpose than learning.
Security and privacy issues
Mobile apps access sensitive data about their clients, customers, and other Students or the professional data about faculty body and even managerial information. It is one of the main challenges of using mobile apps. So proper planning should be made to develop mobile apps that have an everlasting influence, monitoring, and regulation of educational content and other privacy issues.
Dealing with connectivity and battery life
Education technology advance at a rapid pace but internet infrastructure gets overwhelmed. That is why school management needs to ensure that its capacity is updated. It is also one of the challenges of using mobile apps.
Technical issues create a lot of difficulties in implementation and integration of m learning technologies in education. Technical challenges are related to the mobile app, application development, technical support, security, technical knowledge of instructors in M learning project.
Cultural and social challenges
There are cultural norms and social concerns while accepting the development of M- learning. Introducing m learning applications to a new culture bring many new issues that need to be investigated. Actually, resistance to change is a great challenge.
The mobile app poses a great capability to cater to quick and effective learning material for students to the boundaries of classrooms and schools. M learning apps should be used to ease the difficulties of education industry. Moreover, the mobile app development should be on the basis latest education trends