Nov 3, 2014
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I had the pleasure of attending the 13th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning in Istanbul, Turkey this week. The annual event gathers researchers, practitioners, and organizations from around the world working in the mobile learning space to share ideas and strategies for implementation.
During my remarks, I was honored to announce the launch of our latest white paper, “The 8 Essentials for Mobile Learning and Success in Education.” The report provides best practices and proven solutions to address the most common challenges related to mobile learning, based on our experiences with our robust Wireless Reach education portfolio.
By examining effective strategies, challenges, and outcomes, Wireless Reach has developed several “lessons learned” to help innovators achieve success. The eight guidelines are:
- Planning purposefully for mobile device usage
- Leveraging content and curriculum that is mobile-empowered
- Understanding the power of Internet access
- Preparing educators effectively
- Securing leadership buy-in
- Building personal learner efficacy and capacity for self-directed learning
- Measuring project results with meaningful metrics
- Creating an ecosystem that is sustainable and scalable
Technology has the power to transform teaching and learning around the world, but simply providing devices won’t ensure that learning occurs—or that the devices are utilized to the best of their ability. Through our experience, we have identified the essential strategies necessary to incorporate into the technological interventions to achieve success.
The mLearn conference provided the opportunity to share these essential strategies and real-life examples with mobile learning experts on a global stage. As this discipline continues to evolve, our hope is that others will be able to use some—or all—of the strategies outlined in order to realize the full potential of their mobile learning initiatives.
Read the full white paper here.
To learn more about the Wireless Reach initiative, please visit our website.