Friday, 20 November 2015
4 Ways Of Mobile Learning Evaluation: Are You Making The Desired Effect?
learner logs on to the LMS using the mobile device, or searches for relevant course content on his handheld device can be a sign that the mobile learning endeavour is effective. Increased learning time on the mobile device is a definite sign that learners are keener on learning on these devices. 3. By analysing the quality of a text report or assignment can also be a measure of the effectiveness of a mobile learning course, as it is when the course is delivered through traditional e-learning or even through classroom sessions. The text reports can be written on mobile devices itself and submitted online. The textual content does not have to be extended to present a clear picture of learning effectiveness. Short descriptive questions or objective test papers can also be utilized to throw light upon learning evaluation. 4. Actual log data, with respective to the interactivities built within the mobile learning course can also be utilized to understand how well the learners have been benefited from the course content. For instance, the fact that a learner accesses a particular section of the course more than one time is an indicator that the section contains material which definitely garners his attention or he finds it useful. This is especially true if the course is fortified with audio-visuals or even short skill-based games which the learner wants to experience more and then apply to his work. Not only does this throw light on the effectiveness of content, it also reveals what kind of content most appeals to learners. Evaluation needs to respond to the challenges of mobile learning and create more avenues of effective data collection as well as analysis. In the continuous process of creating more effective ways of delivering mobile learning, stringent methods of evaluation also need to be developed to ascertain the true worth of mobile learning in the modern context. Arunima is an e-learning blogger and likes discussing innovations in training & learning for the new-age corporate sector.The success of technology-aided learning is closely related to way that learners can achieve pre-identified learning outcomes. This is true for mobile learning as well but the nature of learning outcomes in the mobile age needs to be adaptive. 1. Learners may assimilate information into their own experience and development, rather than reproducing knowledge in a pre-post questionnaire or traditional test. Practical opportunities of sharing and applying knowledge should be provided to ascertain the effectivity of learning. A very sound way of doing it is by analysing the learners’ contribution on online forums on the topic. Such forums can be specially created to encourage the learners’ online contributions. Evaluation can be conducted on the basis of how many times the learner has answered a query in the forum. Or it can also be deduced by analysing how many experiences or findings has he or she posted. Peers can ‘like’ these posts or tag them as useful to fellow learners. The number of times a learners’ post is tagged or forwarded by his or her peers can also be an effective measure of learning effectiveness. 2. Success may also be measured by how and how much learners use their mobile devices. The number of times that a