Tech Tuesday: Words2Learn Mobile Learning Project
Date posted: May 13, 2014
Managed and led by World Education, the Words2Learn Mobile Learning Project studied the use of a mobile app to accelerate the learning of academic and health career related vocabulary for adults preparing to enter postsecondary training. It used a flipped classroom approach, where students learned content through the app outside of class time, and class time was an opportunity for teachers to provide more support and extend the learning. The mobile app was connected to a learning management system which allowed teachers to view learner progress.
Overall, teachers reported that the approach, the apps, and the learning management system supported learning of vocabulary. The project was successful because:
- The app made it easy for teachers to flip their classroom.
- The learning management systems improved formative assessment and motivation.
- The approach and the apps accelerated learning.
- Students found the apps convenient to use whenever and wherever they wanted.
More information on the project is available here.
In an interview, Steve Quann, the project director, outlines what developers should consider when designing an app or tech resource for adult learners.