3 Tips to Integrate Smartphone-based Modules in Blended Learning

| April 13, 2018

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Blended learning has always been about bringing classroom training and online training together. There are times when a learner may not be able to attend a classroom training. Integrating smartphone-based modules to supplement in-person training seems to be a viable option during such situations. Mobile learning is the use of portable devices such as iPads, tablets, smartphones, etc., that allow teaching and learning to go beyond the classroom.

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