30 May 2018

Why Mobile Learning is paramount in 2018

Why Mobile Learning is paramount in 2018

Mobile learning, also known as m-learning, is an educational system. It supports, with the help of mobile devices, a continuous access to the learning process. This can be on appliances like your phone, laptop or tablet. You can learn wherever and whenever you want!

The demand for mobile learning from the learners has increased exponentially over the past few years and it’s clearly transitioning from an “option” to a “must have”. In this article, I will share 4 reasons why you need to consider m-learning.

Affordable Workplace Training Beyond The Classroom.

From attracting and retaining top talent, to keeping staff motivated and on top of the latest trends, the benefits of training and upskilling employees is endless. The costs of traditional training, however, can be prohibitive.

This is where digital learning comes in. By taking the learning out of the classroom-style environment, you are cutting the costs of facilitation, there is no longer a need to print learning material, and most importantly, you are no longer training staff during precious office hours. On a mobile device or tablet, a learner can enjoy relevant, one-on-one learning, that can be accessed from anywhere, at any time, ensuring that the training doesn’t detract from work commitments.

It enhances learner engagement and interaction

As well as being available to learners at any time and in any place, mobile learning can also incorporate features that conventional elearning can’t. For example, geo-location functionality on mobile devices can give learners a location-specific, highly contextualized learning experience. Imagine an induction piece of learning that adjusts itself automatically depending on the regional office you are in when using it.

Higher Adoption Of Formats Optimized For Mobile Devices

To create high impact learning experiences, formats like mobile apps for learning are a great fit as they are optimized for mobile devices. They offer additional flexibility to the learners as they can download the content and peruse it offline. Furthermore, the L&D teams can push updates and notifications with ease. This is another significant mobile learning trend worth investing on.

Wider Adoption Of Gamification

A lot has been said about the usage of gamification for serious learning. With its extension of consumption over mobile devices, you will see variants like bite-sized games, gamified quizzes, gamified learning paths, and so on. Using this approach will increase the engagement quotient of your online training, and it is a mobile learning trend worth investing on in 2018.If you are still scratching your head as to whether m-learning is worth utilizing then here are some compelling stats that reaffirm that mLearning is no more an option but a "must have":

If you are still scratching your head as to whether m-learning is worth utilising then here are some compelling stats that reaffirm that mLearning is no more an option but a "must have":

  • Gartner predicts that 45% of businesses will have a BYOD policy by 2020. (Source: Gartner)
  • 70% of learners felt more motivated when training on a mobile device, as opposed to a computer. (Source: LearnDash)
  • Mobile eLearners typically study for 40 minutes longer than students using a desktop or tablet. (Source: MNAlearning)
  • Smartphone learners complete course material 45% faster than those using a computer. (Source: Lynda)

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