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Mobile phone users are expected to reach 5 billion by 2019. This indicates a rise of more than a billion users since 2013. Organizations should incorporate mobile devices in learning due to the importance it has with training delivery. Mobile learning, or mlearning, deals with delivering training across all portable mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.
#1: Anytime access
Your staff is not always available in the office. There are some professions that require extensive traveling. How do you upskill them? It is not a wise decision to wait until you can get everyone under one roof. This is why you need a mobile learning strategy. You need to provide them with learning access anytime and from anywhere. Let them decide when they can dedicate pockets of time for learning.
#2: Higher rate of completion
Mobile learning is usually bite-sized. You cannot expect people to go through lengthy learning on their smartphone. Since learners digest the nuggets faster, they retain the content better. Mlearning hands over the choice of learning completely to the learners. They decide what they want to learn and when. This level of personalization leads to better engagement. Thus, the completion rates are higher.
#3: On-demand performance support
When your employees receive information on-demand, they tend to remember and use it better. Mlearning makes it possible for them to access relevant information at the time they need it the most.
#4: Save money and resources
The initial investment in mobile learning may be high. But the more learners use it, the faster you can write off the cost in the long term. You can reuse the same content a number of times across all locations. You also save a huge amount of resources that you usually spend on classroom learning – travel cost, venue, training equipment, accommodation, stationery, and so on.
Mobile learning does have some disadvantages too. Learners use their mobile devices for a myriad of other things. So, there are chances of them getting distracted while learning on the device. Several app notifications may deviate their focus from the learning. If they do not have adequate bandwidth or speed, they may get frustrated with the regular buffering and leave the course midway.
Here are a few tips to get started on mobile designing.
Mlearning can fit in perfectly for most of your functions. You just need to put in some thought on how to customize it to the relevant function.
At Designing Digitally, Inc., our mobile learning solutions make sure that your employees have access to vital information when they need it the most. We believe in a mobile-first mentality and can incorporate responsive design to ensure your content is read easily, regardless of the device is accessed from.