The education sector is seeing a shift towards the digital age after a recent report revealed that more than 80% of students are using their smartphone to boost their studies.
A report from YMCA awards revealed that 82% of students valued a mix of both traditional offline resources and digital tools to get the most out of their schooling.
The research examined the learning techniques of 250 students and found that 78% of students use websites, 70% use online quizzes and 62% use online videos, and 25% use online games to support their studies.
These findings coincide with recent news that smartphones have overtaken desktop devices for web browsing.
Director of the YMCA Awards Rob May believes the education sector must move with the time and begin to incorporate current trends into learning methods.
He said: “The rise in mobile technology is hard to deny and it goes far beyond communication, as it was first intended. How many of us use our smartphone devices to read the news? To manage our money through banking apps? Or even to shop? Naturally enough it comes as no surprise that this technology is finding its way into the education and training sphere.
“As an awarding body for the leisure sector, we truly believe the rise in mobile learning will become particularly important for our industry as it gives learners the ability to learn whilst on the move, in a range of environments. For those providers who have yet to incorporate digital and mobile learning technologies, now is the time to review this approach. As our research shows, mobile phone usage to aid study is on the rise and this is only likely to increase in coming months and years. And, with over 80% of learners preferring a mix of learning methods, it makes sense for providers to begin to explore the possibility of offering some aspects of training through mobile technology. Failure to do this could mean some providers get left behind as their bolder, and more innovative, counterparts race ahead.”