When I first got into the infographic business back in 2008, it often took a long explanation to prospective clients in order to get them to understand what they were and what they did. Today, that’s not a problem as dozens of new infographics are unleashed into the world every day.
Getting your education on the go is now possible. With mobile education applications, it is now easy to take online university courses and stay updated using your smartphone. You can use your smartphone in a variety of ways. You can check your class’s message board, you can email your professor, or you can delve into the world of applications. In fact, eSchool News, an online publication for education professionals, lists ten of the best available online applications. One of them is called “Molecules,” and it allows the user to toggle three-dimensional images of molecules, in order to understand their structure. Another application is Blackboard Mobile Learn, which is the mobile version of the already-popular online application used by many colleges and universities to help students organize and enroll in courses, download assignments and contact their instructors. Also, there is the application Math Ref, which serves as a reference guide to math students, and lets students see graphs for different equations.
In fact, doing all things via mobile and the use of applications is only going to continue to grow. One field in which taking online university courses may be particularly important is in the healthcare industry. Currently, those in the healthcare industry are moving towards mobile data keeping and usage – for example, a doctor may use a tablet to show a patient images of his or her recently-taken x-ray. And so it is important for people in the field to know how to use online resources, and to keep abreast of the latest trends. For example, Tufts University is currently offering online courses in Mobile Health. Not only can this course be taken online, but it also allows the student to increase his or her knowledge of the mobile world going forward, particularly health-related applications.
Moreover, as the ubiquity of mobile devices continues to increase, most online university courses are adapting. Just five years ago, for example, it is unlikely that students were expected to have or use a smartphone. Today, it is hard to find someone under thirty without a smartphone. Smartphones and other mobile devices can make life a lot easier – it is easier to coordinate with fellow students, it is easier to email in an assignment while commuting into work, and it is easier to plan one’s day when using a smartphone. So it only stands to reason that online universities, in combination with app-makers, are making it even easier to get a good education.
In summary, while it may seem that apps are just toys, they can be used for mobile education. Therefore, apps are a worthwhile part of the education landscape, and their scope will only increase going forward.