Mobile learning is promising to a great addition to the emerging technologies in education. But it doesn’t mean that it is all rosy as mobile learning has its own disadvantages. You need to know them before you decide whether you are going to embrace it or not.
The following are some of the disadvantages that come with mobile learning:
The mobile screens, which are an advantage because of its portability, can be a disadvantage too. It becomes a disadvantage when you are reading documents, causing eye strain, which is something that is experienced by many.
Prone to distractions
If you are hyper when it comes to using a smartphone, you might end up receiving several calls, SMSs, news, or social media notifications while learning is ongoing. With that, there is a reduction in your concentration due to reduced solitude sense, which in the process, could lower your level of engagement as compared to a classroom experience.
Technology being outspaced
It is something that can be said about most applications on smartphones. Courses on mobile learning can easily drain the battery of the device. You might also struggle when it comes to internet connectivity. With that, it could lead to fragmented learning that is unintended reducing engagement.
In emerging technologies in education , issues with mobile compatibility might come to the fore due to a lack of smartphone standardization. The different learners may have different versions of OS, size of the screen, and the battery life. With that it means that some learners may end up not being in a position to load their coursework while others will load it quickly. It means that the content delivery of mobile learning might end up being compromised.
With the above disadvantages, you can decide whether to embrace emerging technologies in educationor concentrate on the traditional way of learning.