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What to Expect for the Future of Mobile Learning

 

Posted on Thu, 03/29/2018 - 07:15

Mobile has become the preferred way to consume content. According to a report by Zenith Media, the mobile proportion of internet use has been on the rise. It was 40% in 2012 and rose to 68% in 2016. For 2018, it is predicted to reach 79%.

How can learning be left behind? Mobile learning seems to be the way forward for corporate training as it allows training to grow in an organic manner without disruption. It is wise to understand and cater to learner needs if you want your learning modules to be successful. Understand what technology your learners are using and deliver your content via that platform. Millennial learners prefer mobile learning solutions, so use it to your advantage.

Let’s see how incorporating a mobile training strategy will affect your corporate training.

What to Expect in the Future for Mobile Learning

#1: Personalized learning paths provide learners with relevant content.

Every learner is different. They have their respective strength and weaknesses. They would benefit if training content is based on their needs and personality. If you provide content to learners that really matters to them, they will be engaged. They will learn faster and retain knowledge better. Mobile learning allows learners to access training based on their roles and needs. For example, if the learner scores less on a particular topic, their learning path will recommend courses where they can brush up their knowledge of the particular topic. If they show interest in a particular topic, the learning path will recommend similar content. Personalization benefits both the learner and the organization.

#2: Learners can learn anytime they choose to.

eLearning was flexible. mLearning is taking it to the next level. Your learners do not need to be present at a venue physically to learn. They do not need to be connected to a personal computer. They can learn from anywhere and at any time they choose. Picture this. You are waiting for your bus to go to work or taking the subway to reach the office. On your way, you kill time by playing mobile games. What if you could use this time to finish a scenario-based skill training? You build new skills rather than simply wasting time. Also, you do not need find time at work to complete the training. It’s a win-win situation for all.

#3: Learners take ownership of their learning.

Mobile learning solutions allow your learners to feel that they own their learning. They can use their personal device to access learning content. They have customized learning paths. And, they can choose when they want to learn. This sense of ownership keeps the learner engaged.

#4: Wearable technology has a future.

The more advanced the technology is, the smaller it gets. Take, for example, smart watches. They are gaining popularity even though they are just an extension of smartphones. Wearable technology may not have made many inroads into learning, but they can transform the way your learners learn. At the very least, they will help boost social learning. Learners will be able to find experts when they have a question. They will utilize the power of instant messaging.

#5: Mobile learning provides an advantage for remote workers.

According to Global Workplace Analytics, millennial employees are mostly on the go. The newer generation of the workforce has seen a rise in flexible schedules and remote work. So, it may not be always possible to get your employees together for a face-to-face training. Also, training works best when it is received at the point-of-need. For example, when a remote sales associate is at the client site and needs information to educate the client, they may not remember what was taught during the sales orientation training. If they can access mobile learning, they can brush up on their knowledge and facts just before the meeting. The recall value of the information is far greater that way as well, when the learner applies the knowledge in context.

Performance support is about providing support to your employees when they need it. That way the workflow is not interrupted. Mobile learning makes it possible at a different level altogether. The more the technology advances, the better will be the learner experience.

The future holds major growth for mobile learning opportunities. Much of this growth will be fueled by our acceptance of the role of mobile devices in our regular lives.

Designing Digitally, Inc. creates mobile projects suited to each client’s needs. We will help you determine which mobile solution is best for your application. It may be a website with training content that can be accessed through a web browser, a series of brief eLearning courses to open through your LMS, or a custom Android or iOS app.

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By Designing Digitally, Inc.