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Gartner predicts that by 2017, almost 70% of the mobile workforce will use tablets and other mobile devices to access information. Learning designers need to focus on mobile learning solutions, if they want the mobile sales force to benefit from their training.
Mobile learning solutions, or m-learning, has huge benefits for the learners. The top benefit is the flexibility it offers to its learners, in terms of the format, time, and location. It is collaborative in nature and is more engaging compared to traditional learning modalities. It is the perfect solution for employees who are on the go and require just-in-time training.
There are a few challenges to creating mobile learning solutions, but there are simplified ways to overcome it. Here are the top three challenges and tips to override them.
Mobile devices do not have a standard screen size. Some are small; others have comparatively larger screen space. But none of the devices will have screens as large as desktops. Thus, the layout and navigation cannot be the same as that of a traditional eLearning courses. Small screens will not be able to support too many images or heavy text. Complicated navigation will not work, either.
This is a challenge that needs to be addressed as priority. Learners should not be deprived of information just because they are accessing learning on a mobile device, instead of a desktop or laptop.
Here are a few ways to overcome the screen size limitation.
Mobile solutions do not work for lengthy courses. The learner will lose interest and attention, if he has to go through a never-ending module, , even if the subject justifies the length of the course.
One way to overcome this challenge, is to use m-learning modules, as part of larger programs, and offer just-in-time personalized learning.
The sales force may need to travel to remote locations. Limited connectivity at certain places may disrupt flow of information. They might not be able to access the required information, at the required moment. There is no point to having access to learning at your fingertips, if it cannot be used at the right time.
This is where mobile apps come to the rescue. With learning apps, users have the benefit of downloading learning material and accessing them, irrespective of available bandwidth.
Mobile learning solutions should be embraced and not avoided. They bring great benefits to the learners and the organization to enhance and deliver training.
At Designing Digitally, Inc., we help to identify the right platform for your m-learning needs, and then design and build your solution.
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