With the ever-increasing sale in mobile devices, the whopping growth in the mobile share of web traffic, and its ability to reach untapped frontiers and meeting new customer needs, ranging from digital commerce to identity services, have led to the evolution of a ‘Mobile World’.
The mobile industry is playing a leading role in innovation and the development of a broader mobile ecosystem, with new business models and market entrants emerging across the world. Mobile and wireless technologies, including handheld computers, personal digital assistants, camera phones, smartphones, graphing calculators, personal response systems, games consoles and personal media players, are ubiquitous in most parts of the world and have led to the development of ‘mobile learning’ as a distinctive entity in the eLearning space.
With the strong growth and the transformational benefits of the mobile industry, it may be justifiably comprehended that mobile learning will eventually replace conventional training or eLearning. The total mobile phone users are likely to reach 5.13 billion users globally by 2017. Around 49% i.e. nearly half of the mobile phone users globally are likely to use Smartphone by 2017. The aforementioned facts are indicative that much of our digital behavior is now converging around mobile devices. Mobile increasingly dominates the digital world, and we’re confident that ‘ubiquitous connectivity’ will gather even more pace during 2015, as cheaper handsets and more affordable data connections reach further around the world.
This paradigm shift from the traditional to the mobile-centric generation is an idea that the million-dollar corporations are cashing in for the training and upskilling of their employees, and mobile learning is the most preferred choice. In addition to using mobile, it is likely that many employees are gamers. For many organizations that have implemented mobile learning, training that incorporates gaming, increases engagement and enjoyment. Mobile learning takes learning to individuals, communities and countries where access to learning was challenging or problematic and mobile learning enhances, enriches and extends how learning is understood.
Rapid development of the broader mobile ecosystem across the world has led to an exponential rise in the number of mobile workers. Inflow of the new millennial in the workplace is rapidly overhauling how work is done. Mobile learning allows people to be productive anywhere. Research shows that continuous learning increases knowledge retention, while studies have proven that learners lose about 80% of the knowledge they learnt from single learning event within a span of three to four weeks. Mobile learning is seen as one of the main drivers of continuous learning and we can vociferously conclude that m-Learning is aptly the future of classroom learning.
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