By Dr. Prem Maheshwari
Business Director for South Asia - D2L Asia
Recent UNICEF findings have revealed that approximately 50% of adolescents in India do not complete secondary education, mainly due to the lack of educational infrastructure and accessibility issues. However, within the same nation, 70% of the population are equipped with mobile devices. There is a large untapped opportunity for institutions to leverage mobile devices to deliver enhanced learning experiences across all ages, borders, and parts of society.
The pandemic had amped up the urgency for digitalisation and the adoption of technology in the Indian education sector. Learning management systems (LMS) have assisted to evolve the eLearning parameters, with a plethora of tools and built-in features that enable a seamless transition to the online realm. The key to consistently delivering quality education that reaches the masses is the utilisation of the right education technology which is compatible with any mobile device.
When selecting an LMS for your institution, you should look at the demographics of your students. If your institution’s population is diverse, chances are, the mobile devices they are equipped with are also just as diverse. Since the LMS your institute utilises is effectively the platform delivering content across all cohorts, you need to ensure its compatibility across all these various mobile devices that your student and even faculty population owns.
In other words, the ideal LMS platform can be easily accessed and utilised by all, without the need for complex configurations or customisations.
Responsive mobile learning
D2L’s Brightspace LMS aims to provide the features of a responsive LMS, which automatically customises the layout to offer the same learning experience regardless of the device being used by the learner. The mobile content delivery of the LMS platform is responsive not just to the user interface of the LMS, but also to the device's form factor.
This means that learners, irrespective of the device they access their courses on, will experience a consistent learning experience across any technology device – i.e. the learner sees the content on a laptop in the same way that they would see it on a tablet or mobile phone. This is not only limited to the user interface of the learning platform but also the learning content, unlike some learning platforms in the market that require separate mobile applications for mobile access which may offer a stripped-down experience from the web browser.
As such, the type of mobile device a learner is equipped with will not affect their learning outcomes, effectively bridging some of the barriers to equal education. An LMS platform such as the Brightspace platform takes care of all the technology variations, allowing you to focus on the content, the pedagogy and learners.
Mobility is thus the name of the game, once you select the ideal LMS platform for your institution. Armed with a wide variety of tools needed to assist institutions across India, the Brightspace LMS provides a highly valuable learning experience for all learners. Find out more here.