SNDT college department of education and technology had recently organized an M-Learning session for their instructional designing students in association with Deltecs InfoTech. It turned out to be quite a success with the students asking for more even after the session was over and the faculty agreeing for more such meet-ups, and the team at Deltecs was more than happy to oblige and was visibly pleased at seeing the enthusiastic students at SNDT.
The team from Deltecs viz. Divyesh Kharade and Kinjal Vora traveled to SNDT on a rainy Monday morning to SNDT and were quite glad to see the students there waiting to absorb all they could on the innovative topic of Mobile Learning. As the session moved ahead the topics covered were Introduction to Mobile Learning, the need for Mobile Learning, different approaches of Just-In-Time learning, challenges faced currently, different learning needs Mobile Learning is applied to, successful case studies done by DRONA (Flagship Mobile Learning product by Deltecs), comparison between Instructional Designing for ILT | e-learning | M-learning followed by a demo of the DRONA Authoring tool.
This was quite an interactive session with the proactive audience, since we were amazed by the questions the students were asking. Right from content based questions, to process based questions to technology based questions. Notable among them were, people asking what kind of devices this will be supported on, pre-requisites on the mobile phones, type of content that can be supported, collaborative learning tools on mobile etc. We have always endorsed that content for mobile learning should be created and not converted, and instead of focusing on constraints the focus should be on objectives and goals of training which answered most of their questions.
The Head of department at SNDT quoted “This is an upcoming trend in not only the instructional designing field but also the learning and training industry around the globe, and we felt a need for our students to be updated about the way in which the industry is moving. Leading Organizations around the world are adopting M-Learning in different forms, right from their mobile workforce to their senior management and this session definitely gives our students an edge while they enter the industry”
All in all it was a fabulous interactive session and we look forward to conduct similar sessions not only for SNDT but also other instructional designing institutes around.