Mobile Learning in Universities: The Future of UK Education?

mobile learning in universities

The Future of UK Education?

Over recent years, the use of mobile devices in learning has risen significantly within UK universities. The modern-day sees a generation of young adults who have grown up surrounded by technology. They can relate to and easily use these mobile devices and many within this age group consider them essential to their day-to-day lives, including within their education.

As of October 2016, mobile devices officially became more widely used than computers for the very first time, with 51.3% of web pages being loaded on mobile devices. Of this, 46.5% of pages were loaded on smartphones and 4.7% on tablets. In 2017, 96% of 16-24 year olds owned a smartphone. It is undeniable that the increasing prevalence of mobile devices is an ongoing upwards trend. Furthermore, these devices are no longer used exclusively for leisure but are finding their way into professional environments as well. Mobile-learning, therefore, seems like a new and effective way to engage a new generation of technology-savvy students.

Many universities have already capitalised on this movement, using mobile learning to relate to and engage with their students, thus creating smoother learning experiences and increasing productivity. Universities are able to place mobile learning at the very core of their strategy to improve student learning experiences and enhance the interaction and collaboration that students carry with each other and with university staff.

The portability of mobile devices also enables students to access resources and work from anywhere, whether that be in the lecture theatre, in the library or at home. This increases student satisfaction and boosts productivity by allowing students to learn wherever they feel they are happiest and most efficient.

Because most young adults have grown up surrounded by technology, they are generally very skilful with mobile devices and this generally makes the adoption of these devices in a learning environment smooth and time efficient, which leaves more time for studying and further productivity. Universities can also enjoy the paperless approach to learning that these mobile devices offer and many are utilising mobile learning in their efforts to be more environmentally conscious.

4C Strategies

4C Strategies has extensive experience in developing and executing mobile learning strategies for universities throughout the United Kingdom and has helped a London-based University deliver one of the first and largest deployments of Apple iPads in UK higher education, providing iPads to 3,500 students and staff. The iPads have enabled students to work more closely with their lecturers and engage in collaborative learning as a result of increased connectivity. Students and staff are able to share content and resources using the tools and applications available on these devices and have the ability to interact with video and audio, offering new and more dynamic methods of learning.

Any institutions wishing to know more regarding how mobile learning could improve their student learning experiences are more than welcome to contact 4C Strategies whose team will be happy to offer their expert advice. We can help your organisation develop a clear mobile learning strategy, procure the appropriate technology and services and project manage the change programme that will be required to deliver an enhanced learning experience for students and staff alike. For advice on mobile learning in your institution, please do not hesitate to contact 4C Strategies on 01858 438938, or email webenquiries@4c.co.uk, and we will be happy to help you.