Advantages and Disadvantages of Micro-Learning

According to Ericsson’s forecast, 80% of the world’s population (6.4 billion people) will be Smartphone users by 2021. With this information, we can expect micro-learning or mobile learning to be one of the key learning technologies to look into.

Micro-learning, or mobile learning here refers to learning with the help of mobile devices, laptops or other similar portable technologies. It involves going through content and social interactions including multiple contexts.

This paradigm shift calls for a need to adopt new learning technologies to train the current Gen workforce. But is it all just good about micro-learning? How much do you know about their limitations? Let’s dive in!

Advantages of mobile learning

Easy access

Provides easy access to learning anyplace, anytime, making it more convenient to learners to learn wherever and whenever.

Supports self-directed learning

People learn at different rates, and mobile learning allows people to learn in their own way at their own individual pace. This is a huge advantage when you compare this to a classroom setting where learners are restricted to follow a certain learning pace predefined by the trainer.

Address multiple learning styles

Unlike classroom learning, mobile learning can be customised to suit different learning styles, therefore increasing learner engagement.

Democratisation of content creation and delivery

Unlike the formal classroom learning and elearning programme, mobile learning democratizes content creation and delivery, empowering the end-users to become part of the content creation cycle. This is important especially for content validation and revision.

Distant learning

You can be in Singapore and one of your learners in America. It doesn’t matter, because mobile learning or mobile learning transcend distances

Disadvantages of mobile learning

Distractions, distractions, distractions

SMS, social media or news notifications may cause huge distraction to the learner during a mobile learning session.

This reduces the learner’s sense of solitude, which could lower the learner’s engagement level vs a classroom experience.

Lack of standardisation

Device compatibility issues may occur as there is a lack of standardisation in smartphones.

As good as technology

Storage, memory, battery and everything else are still at their infancy stage. With this in mind, the content delivered will be limited by what the technology has to offer.

As long as you keep the above advantages and disadvantages in mind while designing mobile learning programme, this EdTech will prove to be a great resource to facilitate better learning.

With the future favouring more mobile workforce, mobile learning could be the key to unlocking powerful learning system. What do you think?


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