How have mobile apps revolutionized elearning?
Today, mobile learning apps are used to make sure learners can learn easily through mobiles.
There are many apps which are available before businesses, web apps, hybrid apps and mobile apps.
You can choose the app depending on the requirement, availability of resources and the time available for the development of the app.
- Produced easily
- Produced on a cheap budget
- Usable across different web browsers
It’s because such apps can’t be used without internet access, the learners have to use the internet to browse through the app.
The best part about the web app is that it does not need to be installed. You just need to click on the app and you can access the information through it.
Native apps are other kinds of apps. These apps are created in the programming language android. You can install them through Google Play Store. With such apps, installation is a primary requirement to use them.
Another attribute of these apps is that they expensive to develop. You should also be aware of the following features of these apps
- Since they are developed in a mobile-friendly language, they are very fast
- You can also access them without the use of internet
- But these apps have to be developed as per the platform and they use language specific to the mobile’s operating system. For example, iOS is used for Apple-based phones and as mentioned earlier, Android for android based phones
Hybrid apps include the attributes of native apps and web apps. They don’t require much time for development. Their development time is lesser than the native apps.
Now, what are the benefits of using web apps to disseminate information?
Effective for outside the classroom training
The mobile apps are the most active resources for learners. When the users have installed mobile apps, they can get push notifications when to access the app to go through new content etc. It’s because the LMS can be integrated with mobile apps. And the learners can easily go through the content because these days mobiles have large screens too. But it can be accessed quite easily because generally, learners carry their mobile phones wherever they go.
These kinds of apps are useful for front end workers who can’t devote much time away from their jobs. A small information nugget which is very interesting for them can work towards the betterment of their customer service expertise. They can’t afford to sit for hours in a classroom for imbibing knowledge. For them, knowledge has to be delivered to them.
Provide support for offline learning
The native apps can work without internet connectivity also. The learners can be made to see simulations once they have downloaded such content from the app. Since learners can learn without the internet, these web apps provide extreme utility.
These mobile-based apps also ensure that the progress of a learner is tracked because as soon as the learner accesses the LMS, it happens. This LMS is installed on the local server of the company or the server of the LMS vendor. Apart from that, the users have to access the LMS, by scanning a QR code so a company knows when the employee is online.
So, this is how mobile apps have revolutionized online learning