Dec 29, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Joanna Hughes

Mobile compatibility has been a priority for education delivery. However, as elearning continues to evolve, innovators are moving in a different direction: “ Instead of designing their material for any device, they’re choosing just one,” says ElearningInside News. Here’s a closer look at what to expect. 

The New Mobile Mandate

ElearningInside News shares the example of Australian company By Degrees, which recently announced the launch of an app aimed at helping Indian English language learners prepare for the Pearson Test of English. Called Burst Learning, the app lets users “ form message groups, share content, and causally interact to boost their skills” -- exclusively via their mobile devices. 

The assertion? That mobile learning is both more accessible and affordable for students in communities lacking Wifi and internet. As Chris Haroun, CEO of Haroun Education Services, told Forbes of the intersection of edtech and mobile, “Today a child in the middle of Africa has faster and greater access to information on their smartphones than Bill Clinton did in the 1990s. A single smartphone has more processing power today than every computer in the world that was used to put the first person on the moon.

Improving Learning, Too

But the switch to mobile learning may not just be about what’s cheaper and easier. It may also be about what’s better. 

Continues ElearningInside News, “Beyond user preference, there’s reason to believe that developing mobile only learning can improve the way we learn. Ambient Insight found that learners who completed modules on their mobile devices were more engaged, more motivated, and actually completed their programs 45 percent faster on average.”

And while the movement away from multichannel may run contrary to best business practices, experts suggest that it may ultimately make the most sense. Concludes ElearningInside News, “By making software available on multiple devices, engineers typically design for personal computer use first and then adapt for mobile. Most often, these designers do a great job, and the experience between devices is more or less comparable. But it’s not necessarily the best it can be. Mobile only design lets designers focus more on user-friendly, intuitive, or downright effective features.”

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Joanna worked in higher education administration for many years at a leading research institution before becoming a full-time freelance writer. She lives in the beautiful White Mountains region of New Hampshire with her family.

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