Mobile Technology Changes Education
Online training programs that can be utilized on the go are likely to become the next evolutionary step in eLearning. Most companies utilize some form of mobile technology to facilitate operations, and this is expected to increase as tablet usage becomes more common. While only one million of the 16.1 million tablets shipped in 2010 were used for enterprise purposes, by 2015, almost 44 million tablets out of a projected 147 million sold will be utilized by commercial organizations. What needs to be remembered is that each tablet is a video conferencing solution already. Radvision is pioneering the visual communication platform for mobile devices.
Professionals who are eager to add new skills and expertise will increasingly turn to eLearning modules through their tablets. The ability to access online instructional materials while waiting for a meeting or having a cup of coffee will be key selling points for the next generation of eLearning courses. The augmented processing power and functionality on tablets will allow students to write notes, research key points further and supplement lessons with online queries and discussions.
There are some very important reasons tablet eLearning coupled with Video conferencing is poised to take off
- Point of need—Learning the basics of a skill or topic can be highly important if you are about to enter a discussion about a subject that you never gained any exposure to before or last covered in college.
- Flexible learning—Mobile learning allows you to enable videos, tutorials and supplemental information according to your needs and the limits of your device.
- Social learning—Mobile devices allow quick immersion into online communities that provide feedback and answers to interrogatives.
- Educational transition—More schools and colleges will migrate from textbooks to tablets, which will become the platform for education for the next generation of students and professionals.
There are some issues that will need to be hammered out before the eLearning community completely adopts mobile technology. Mobile technology and, especially, tablets have already begun to reshape the eLearning industry. In the near future, online courses that fail to cater to mobile users will find themselves relegated to the dusty shelves of outdated technology.