Learning On The Go: Why Mobile Learning is the Future!
In the time to come, mobile learning will not be a ‘choice’ anymore but a compulsive mode of learning to stay ahead
As noted by Irwin Jacobs, the founding chairman of Qualcomm, Inc., “always on, always connected mobile devices in the hands of learners has the potential to dramatically improve learning outcomes.”
Learning is at a critical juncture in India today. What was designed for agrarian and industrial eras, the methodology and access does not support the learning needs of a 21st century working professional. Educating this dynamic workforce, organisations sometimes need to go beyond physical confines of the classroom and the fixed time periods of the working day. You will have to allow learners to access content 24/7, communicate with colleagues and trainers, and collaborate online.
So what it is it about flexible, online, and mobile learning that makes it an increasingly essential aspect of today’s teaching and learning practice. What is it about mobile learning that helps trainers to teach better, or learners to learn more effectively?
While enterprise mobile learning adoption continues to speed up, it is still far from ubiquitous. According to the ATD 2015 State of the Industry Report, 1.5% of training hours were completed via a mobile delivery method in 2014, up from 1.2% in 2013. A third of organizations had a mobile learning program of some sort in place by the end of 2014. Mobile is used as a reinforcement tool and placed within a blended learning curriculum rather than becoming a primary delivery method.
Mobile devices, used in conjunction with near universal 4G/3G wireless connectivity, are becoming increasing popular to enable innovation and help learners, trainers, and organisations gain access to personalized digital content and global best practices in learning and development. It enables, empowers, and engages learning in ways that transform the learning environment for learners inside and outside of their physical work spaces.
At Learngage where we have taken some modest steps with a few clients to engage their employees post the class-room training using our recent mobile app, we have seen dramatic improvement of over 30% in learner engagement and 50% increase in real-time information access between trainers and learners.
To inspire some of you to try out mobile learning this year –these are some of the best reasons I can think of for investigating and supporting the use of mobile learning approaches in both workplace professional development and training
- Learners Learning Everywhere: More people are learning remotelyand outside their desk space, and recent studies claim that employees are happier when they have the opportunity to telecommute. With advances in online training (think MOOCs, which are in the spotlight today), learners want, and need, instant access to information and learning - without necessarily having to wait for a trainer to show up in the training room.
- Encourages Learning Retention: By being able to use mobile devices to extend learning from the classroom to the real world, there are more opportunities to take learning from the theoretical to the actionable outcomes. Formal and informal learning can be blended and embedded for an enhanced learning experience and greater applicability (and therefore retention) of learning concepts.
- Enhances Collaboration: Content that promotes learning can be rapidly shared (e.g., audio and video-aids, best practices, articles,assessments, lessons learned, forms, and checklists and more). Communication time lags can be reduced with alerts, status updates, voting, proactively asking for help, search, and 1:1 messaging and chats.
- Enhances Productivity: From increasing training compliance by having more employees complete modules on their own terms to saving costs via digitally-enabled learning, the ROI on training can increase by providing learners with learning experiences that are relevant to their needs as well as to business needs. As often as possible, linking employee job satisfaction requirements to bottom-line business needs - workplace productivity can improve exponentially.
- Intrinsically Engaging: Mobile phones and tablets can make learning fun, interesting and powerful. Learning approaches can be devised to encourage learners to discover information, to create their own resources using images, audio and video, to share, to collaborate, and to interact with peer learners.
Mobile learning is definitely here to stay. As smartphones and tablets become a near constant presence in our lives, almost every type of company is considering how best to use mobile devices and applications to enrich their organizations’ talent development capabilities.
However, by making the technology serve the unique environment of mobile learning - and by offering compelling user interfaces and seamless user experiences, companies have the opportunity to energize the entire ecosystem of talent development, delivering compelling learning experiences for their workforce anytime, anywhere, and in support of clear business outcomes.
I look forward to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org on what are your plans are to deliver mobile learning content? Or, how we can help you “get up” and go mobile with learning?