Mobile Learning

Mobile devices bring learning to more students

By August 31, 2012 No Comments

The inundation of smartphones both in the U.S. and beyond has made them an attractive platform for a number of different kinds of applications. Games and other forms of entertainment are certainly popular, but consumers are also interested in expanding their acumen and gaining new skills. For these individuals, mobile app development is pioneering programs specifically geared toward teaching people on their phones.

As long as a person is able to get a smartphone or tablet and connect it to a WiFi or Internet signal, he or she will be able to participate in mobile learning programs, no matter where in the world the person is. That makes these suites much more appealing to global businesses, as well as those trying to spread education to places that wouldn't otherwise be able to receive such benefits. What's more, by tapping into an existing resource a person already owns, a company can save money on technology deployments while being certain employees will know how to use the accessing interface from the start.

The switch to mobile

Moving from traditional classrooms to PCs has been hard enough at some institutions, but mobile device training may be accepted more readily thanks to broad knowledge and acceptance of the tools for general use. A Nielsen study found that more than half of American adults own and regularly make use of smartphones, with Android reigning as most popular. Apple wasn't far behind, however, and the two platforms are growing in popularity as well. Companies should be mindful of this tear in smartphone loyalties when constructing custom training software so that all employees are able to access learning tools, regardless of the kind of device each of them owns.

Beyond that, it has become clear that mobile devices are a major part of U.S. life. The Huffington Post reported a Mobile Mindset Study showing that three-fourths of respondents would panic if they couldn't access their devices whenever they felt the urge. Such constant monitoring of mobile technology would put mobile learning in consumer crosshairs much more aggressively with little marketing on a company's end. It also ensures regular usage by intended employees and collaborators.

The benefits of mobile

Besides just being cost-effective and easy to use, there is evidence showing that these mobile app developments are beneficial to the overall quality of education. Gaining new skills, mastering existing ones and expanding minds is easier to do with a tool like a smartphone that is inherently connected to the largest communication network on the planet. Putting a person in touch with so many resources simultaneously encourages users to pursue topics beyond the scope of a single application, making custom training software the perfect addition to any business' learning portfolio.

A study looked at the learning habits of Hispanic students learning English in Texas and monitored their performance, according to Phys.org. Some of these people were given iPods, and others were taught in a traditional manner. Those with the help of Apple app development were much quicker and more successful learners, regardless of other demographic factors. Min Liu, the researcher behind the project, said that giving students a tool that allowed them constant access to training applications helped them do much better in classes.

Companies looking to secure this kind of success for employees should contact CSE Software, Inc. to see what options can most help them craft custom mobile training apps to benefit their workers. CSE can design and develop mobile apps that can train and educate today’s workforce on any subject.

Contact Stacey Burris at sburris@csesoftware.com or 1.309.670.7595 and ask for a mobile app development demo today!