M-Learning Goes Big In India

What’s the most common statement heard in India’s smaller cities and villages?—lacks of schools offering high school education! It is true that quality educational institutes are not accessible by every Indian student. On the other hand, abundance of smartphones and access to wi-fi has made the urban students lose focus.

This is the reason why the concept of m-learning or the use of mobile phones to study is going big. Did you know that an average Indian user spends almost 3 hours and 20 minutes on his or her mobile phone? Such an impressive figure has definitely opened the gates to m-learning. Why do we think so? Here’s why:

Flipped Classrooms

A combination of offline learning tools and face-to-face content distribution, the concept of flipped classrooms is steadily revolutionizing the education sector in the country. If we sit down to define it, this concept is nothing but includes mastering a particular subject using different modes of learning such as videos, student-teacher interactions, practical assignments and on-field projects to name a few.

These lecture videos can be easily downloaded to view on smartphones. Live interactions are possible thanks to a multitude of software—the most popular being Skype. Flipped classrooms sound fun, don’t they? Well they are and it’s a definite that such classrooms are going to get even more popular in the coming months.

Tech-Savvy Teachers

M-learning is not possible if teachers don’t become pro-technology. Turns out that teachers in the country are using various kinds of teaching tools (such as MOOCs and online streaming videos) to provide education to students that is beyond just textbooks.

According to a recent study by Central Square Foundation, a whopping 70 per cent of teachers in India have embraced edtech. This comes off as a surprise as India is known for a stringent education system and non-progressive study materials.

Competitive Gaming

Believe it or not, mobile apps such as Oust will help you cover the entire syllabus in a flash! How?—by offering a range of multiple choice questions (MCQs) on an array of subjects such as social science, science and math. Spend at least an hour on taking such tests to be able to cover the syllabus at the earliest.

Most quizzes on such apps are short, not lasting for more than 5 minutes. This means that your attention span will also remain stable, no matter how difficult the quiz is. Learn while you play! Moreover, you will be able to compare your performance with fellow peers and classmates. Playing while learning has never been this fun, hasn’t it?

Social Media Learning

Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus to name a few are social media platforms that are not just for sharing entertaining posts but also information. Whether it is about sharing news about an earthquake or recent bomb blasts, it is through social media that one gets notified at the earliest.

When a quick communication is possible in terms of all this, why can’t social media be used for educating students? Turns out—that’s exactly what is happening in the country. More and more students are open to gathering or extracting information about a particular topic through social media. Even lots of educational institutes are making it a habit to form groups on Facebook and using messenger to communicate with their students on an informal level to solve queries.

This article was originally published on November 02, 2015 on ArticleBase.com.

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