Seven steps to success with mobile learning


In the third phase, Planning, project leaders should identify the person who is responsible for the mobile learning program’s success, and they also should define what needs to happen to ensure success. They can do this by:

  • Refining program design.
  • Setting implementation timelines.
  • Setting success metrics.
  • Adjusting policies.
  • Choosing vendors.

Prepping for Implementation—the fourth step—asks leaders to outline what preparations are needed to put the mobile learning program into practice. During this step, administrators should:

  • Purchase hardware, software, and network infrastructure.
  • Install network, connection services, and image devices.
  • Conduct thorough systems testing.
  • Conduct initial professional development.
  • Communicate the vision and purpose of the program to the community.

The fifth step, Rolling-out, concerns the programs and procedures that must be in place to ensure that the roll-out is successful. This involves:

  • Distributing devices.
  • Troubleshooting.
  • Conducting student and parent training.
  • Instructing the community in digital citizenship.
  • Hosting ongoing professional development.
  • Refining and codifying workflow strategies.

Learning and Teaching, the sixth step, involves identifying what learning and teaching look like with mobile devices. Project leaders should:

  • Set up and support professional learning communities.
  • Showcase effective teaching and coaching models.
  • Reflect on pedagogical considerations.
  • Refine and set up new assessment practices.

And finally, during the seventh step—Evaluating and Adjusting—administrators and project leaders should identify ways to continue to improve the mobile learning initiative by:

  • Collecting feedback.
  • Conducting ongoing evaluation of success against metrics.
  • Changing policies and direction as warranted.
  • Communicating results and outcomes to the community.
  • Providing ongoing training for all stakeholders.

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