Title: Micro Text Messaging as a Flipped Learning Approach within a Hybrid Learning Atmosphere

Issue Number: Vol. 11, No. 3
Year of Publication: 2021
Page Numbers: 53-63
Authors: Nauman Ahmad
Journal Name: International Journal of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (IJDIWC)
- Hong Kong


Nelson Mandela had said that the success of a country is based on the quality of its education. Today, information and communication technologies are essential parts of educational progressions. Mobile’s SMS (short message service) is a short text messaging tool that is used to send and receive the text as digital information for communications. Micro learning is a practice to divide study material in small parts that is used in small steps for learning. This research had divided the material of a course unit in small pieces of information, based on less than 280 characters and used as micro text messaging through SMS to send the messages on mobile devices of students, using the flipped learning approach. Total number of subjects was 48, divided in two groups of 24 subjects for experimental group ‘A’, and control group ‘B’. Group ‘A’ had received course material through micro text messages, and class meetings were used with this group for discussions depending on the topics received by the participants through micro text messages; in addition, this group had filled a survey for ‘Before’ and ‘After’ the use of micro text messages. However, group ‘B’ went under a formal way of face-to-face instruction. Review of literature had revealed that integration of text messaging with micro learning technique through flipped learning approach in this study is a novel method of hybrid learning that has never been used before. Results of this study have produced constructive impacts on learning outcomes those are financially economical, easily applicable, and contribute towards the addition of new knowledge in the field of hybrid learning through the enhancement of educational quality. The outcomes are exceptionally encouraging for educational authorities, instructors, schools, colleges and universities at global levels.