Mobile learning: the next generation of learning

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Mark Ward

Mark Ward Co-Founder

Mobile learning: the next generation of learning

Gone are the days when mobile phones were reserved for making calls and sending texts. Our smartphones are now our most popular way of accessing the internet. According to Marketing Land, 65% of all digital media is viewed on smartphones. And DScout has revealed that the average person spends nearly three hours on their smartphone each day, touching the screen more than 2,600 times and glancing at it roughly 221 times.

It’s therefore no surprise that learning has found a new home on mobile phones. Now more than ever, they provide an ideal and entirely appropriate way to deliver all kinds of learning and training programs.

So, what is mobile learning?

Also known as M-learning, it’s a new and increasingly popular way to deliver and access learning using mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets. 

It makes it easy for people to learn whenever and wherever they want. For most organisations, the great advantage of mobile learning is that it offers the opportunity to reach employees who are always on the go, or who are working remotely. So long as they have a mobile device connected to the internet, they’re ready to learn, ready to become qualified and ready to achieve.

Why mobile learning?

For all kinds of learners – particularly for remote workers or employees working from home – there are many benefits to it.

Giving people the ability to access learning content anywhere, anytime allows everyone to engage with learning on a flexible basis, in a location that suits them, and at a time that suits them too. We find it’s common for people to complete mobile learning and training modules at home, on the bus, on a train, or even during their lunch breaks. 

Mobile learning is cost-effective

Gathering employees together from different locations to attend the same training in the same place – all delivered by one instructor – can be expensive, time-consuming, and problematic. In times of remote or home working, it can be virtually impossible. 

Mobile learning on the other hand significantly reduces the cost of delivering training, because training can be completed in the participant’s own time and on their personal or work device. This can be completed without an instructor having to be present, which is the way your employees are used to learning.

Mobile learning supports self-directed learning in the flow of work

Anyone involved in Learning & Development (L&D) knows that people learn at different speeds. Learning via a smartphone or app allows people to learn in their own way and at their own individual pace. Compared to classroom-based learning, where learners must follow the pace set by the instructor regardless of its suitability, mobile learning frees people to learn as they want and when they need it. It reflects the natural way we learn in our everyday lives...on our smartphones, on Google, and through natural inquisitivity and the desire to learn.

Mobile learning suits multiple learning styles

Another great advantage is that it can be modelled to suit different learning styles, increasing learner engagement. That means incorporating such diverse media as text, images, videos, podcasts, quizzes and games. All can be flexibly incorporated into the content in a way that’s appropriate to both the learning content and to people’s learning styles.

You can also personalise training programmes to focus on the areas your employees know they need to improve, or even have a harder time with.

Mobile learning increases motivation

If, like THRIVE Learning & Skills Platform, your learning platform has an engaging User Interface (UI), your learning system can include gamification methods to increase motivation and drive engagement. Learning leader boards and other status symbols like learning points, badges and awards can actually make learning more fun and engaging while increasing learning effectiveness. 

How to use mobile learning to increase teaching and learning effectiveness

In our experience, mobile learning best suits bite-sized training modules. Breaking down L&D programmes into small chunks makes learning a much less formidable task and enables people to pick up easily digestible learning tasks where and when it suits them. It also has the added benefit of allowing for push notifications, cloud distribution and translation, helping remove obstacles to engagement.

Ideal when training is really necessary

Mobile learning also suits important, necessary or required training – such as health and safety training – and can be invaluable in dynamic working environments, providing content such as last-minute prep for a meeting or training for complex challenges. Again, this kind of content works best when it has been developed primarily with a mobile UI to make it fast and easy to access on a phone or tablet

Choosing a sophisticated mobile learning platform such as THRIVE Learning & Skills Platform means that as well as meeting the compliance requirements of an LMS, you’re providing a personalised and natural learning experience which picks up on people’s everyday habits and how they  learn in their personal lives and replicating those experiences at work.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of mobile learning, THRIVE is setting new standards in the L&D industry, recently launching an exciting new mobile app, and offering all the support you need. 

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