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How to use Mobile Learning to teach and learn

Learn more about this new educational technology that is trending and offers great business opportunities.

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New educational technologies make learning new content different from what we’re used to.

Such changes in learning offer advantages both for those who want convenience when studying and for those who wish to share their knowledge without having to worry about barriers such as time and space.

Distance education is a trending teaching model that benefits students and teachers, as well as creates opportunities for people who have never thought about teaching before, but who recognize this market as a great entrepreneurship opportunity.

Among the many new resources made available by Distance Education, mobile learning is an interesting model, especially now that pretty much everyone’s got a cell phone at hand.

Have you ever heard of this technology?

Read on and find out:

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What is mobile learning?

Mobile learning is the act of learning a given content by using a mobile phone or device.

You’re probably thinking, “Well, this isn’t new at all, distance learning is a reality in many educational systems”.

What makes mobile learning different is that the content takes into account the screen size of mobile phones and other mobile devices. In other words, courses aren’t only adapted for different screen sizes, but specially created for this type of format.

You can take a distance course at several universities, but this mode doesn’t depend only on undergraduate courses.

In fact, open courses are highly sought after and easily adaptable to this reality.

Do you want an example?

Duolingo is an app with which students can learn other languages by completing small daily tasks on their mobile phone.

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Mobile learning advantages

There are several advantages for both those who create, as well as those who study online by using mobile learning.

We’ll explain each positive point below:

1. Study anywhere

Because they’re on a mobile device, mobile learning courses allow you to learn any subject anywhere.

Regardless of the theme selected and the media where it’s presented (eBook, video class or audiobook), you can watch videos, read articles and class materials in the palm of your hands.

If you are away from home, no problem. All content will be available as long as there is internet access or even if the course has been downloaded to your device.

This means that students are able to study on the bus, plane or on a treadmill at the gym. Amazing, right?

2. Concentrate all materials in one device

Piles of books and workbooks will no longer be necessary because students and teachers will have all material available to be accessed wherever and whenever they want.

Besides, with internet access, you can also search for additional content at other channels to boost learning.

3. No need to invest a lot of money

Because it doesn’t require a classroom, mobile learning is cheaper than face-to-face courses, which is an advantage for those who wish to study.

If you’re a content Producer, you’ll probably have to invest a bit more in development, since creating or adapting your course for mobile devices is a service offered by developers.

But even if this is the scenario, the cost of creating the course will certainly be much lower than leasing a place to teach your classes.

4. Time optimization

Mobile learning is ideal for those who are very busy and only have a few minutes on their commute to work or for lunch breaks.

Since most people always have a mobile device at hand, especially mobile phones, it’s much easier to take advantage of moments such as these to devote to their studies.

This way, students are able to use this idle time to study.

5. A more dynamic and attractive learning process

Mobile learning is dynamic and easy. After all, you just need to open the app and come face-to-face with the didactic material.

This way, learning becomes much more attractive.

A course will often cover activities and exercises, which helps avoid the possible monotony of an in-person class, for example.

Moreover, since learning on a mobile phone avoids the sameness of traditional classes, the content can be easier to internalize.

How to work in this market

After seeing the main advantages of mobile learning for students, you are probably thinking about starting your own business in this area.

If you still don’t know how to get started, follow the main steps to become a digital teacher:

1. Define your niche

The first step you need to take is to choose the topic that will be covered in your course.

You can choose niches that are more unusual, such as a course to teach how to install air conditioners. However, creating material for civil service examinations or SAT prep courses, for example, work well with mobile learning.

Defining your niche and knowing the limits of your work make it easier to start your own business.

2. Conduct a market survey

Conducting a market survey after having chosen your niche is the main thing to do when you start creating a course.

With it, you’ll understand what has been created and what gaps still need to be filled.

Based on this, use your creativity to know what you need to add to your course.

3. Create a persona

After conducting a survey with several people and collecting data about them, you need to create a persona.

A persona is merely a fictional character who has the ideal characteristics of someone who would buy your course.

Your persona helps you define the topics covered in your product, the format of the content that you’ll create and if the best choice is, in fact, teaching through mobile learning.

4. Define the best format

As we mentioned, choosing your course’s format is crucial and depends on what pleases your persona most.

If your course is more theoretical, creating eBooks and videos with longer explanations is essential to ensure the efficiency of what is being taught and to satisfy your customers.

A more practical course, on the other hand, can offer small tasks to be concluded daily so that students can practice what they are learning.

5. Plan your course

The course’s entire content needs to be planned so that the knowledge has a logical sequence.

You should start the course with the assumption that students know nothing about the subject, which might be the case, and then make the lessons progressively more advanced as the subject progresses.

6. Record and edit

The recording and editing of the course’s videos is something that isn’t always necessary since you can choose to create material that is entirely written.

However, if you do decide to deliver material in video format, it’s essential to consider the site and materials used for the recording, in addition to good editing.

7. Choose a Distance Education platform

The Distance Education platform is where your course will be made available.

There are several online platforms that you can choose from, but make sure that you use one that provides tools that can help you.

If you don’t know what you need, read our post that will teach you how to choose a DE platform for your online course.

8. Price

Price varies a lot according to the content you create for your students, but there are a few tips you can use to define your sales price.

9. Promote

Promotion is a crucial part when it comes to selling an online course.

There are many strategies for this and the main ones are as follows:

General tips for those starting out

There are a few tips that can be mentioned regarding courses that can help you when the time comes to transfer your knowledge to your students. Below are a few of them:

Use gamification

Digital games have become increasingly sought after and used.

With them, you can transfer knowledge in a dynamic and fun way, in addition to stimulating your students’ curiosity.

Have a responsive design

If you really want to have a course that fits perfectly with mobile learning, your content needs to be created with responsive design in mind.

This means that your entire course must be adaptable to any screen size.

If students can’t study with any of their mobile devices, the concept of mobile learning is lost.

Offer dynamic materials

The class materials can be dynamic. Videos, games, quizzes, and exercises are only a few of the examples that can be produced.

On advantage of mobile learning is that you can offer a wide variety of materials. Use your creativity and persona to find out what works best.

Think about interactivity

Working with a course consisting only of videos might not be your best option.

Think about the interactivity among students, teachers and the course.

Watching long videos on a mobile phone isn’t as attractive as playing an educational game.

To prevent students from abandoning your course, or not even considering buying it, you need to keep it interactive and think about the format of materials that are attractive for a mobile phone screen.

Invest in distance education

As you’ve noticed, mobile learning is trending, and it’s an excellent option both for teachers who already teach and wish to improve their content, as well as for those who wish to start a new business on the internet.

If you have something to share and don’t know how to do it, online courses are ideal not only to make money but also to spread your knowledge to others.

Did you like this post and wish to learn more about Distance Education?

Read our complete guide that will teach you how to tackle the distance education market.