Smart-phones have transformed the way we: communicate, socialise and entertain ourselves.
But, one area where smart-phone tech has yet to explode is mobile learning or m-learning.
However, with nearly 100% of under 50s owning smart-phones, and superfast 4G becoming the norm it’s time for mobile learning to go mainstream.
Still not convinced?
Here’s 3 reasons why you should be delivering M-Learning today.
Millennials Love It
Millennials are deeply attached to their smart-phones and being the biggest generational group in the work-place, this type of elearning content is the optimal learning channel for your workforce.
It Can Increase Learner Engagement
Microlearning is about developing libraries of topical, highly targeted, bite-sized learning content that can be consumed in minutes rather than hours.
Learners can access this content on an episodic or on-demand basis to find learning content that can help them deal with a pressing or ongoing developmental need.
The relative immediacy of this learning content vs classroom learning will lead to enhanced learner engagement.
It’s Cost Effective
M-Learning comes with a lower learner overhead versus class-room based learning, (as there are no associated travel costs or lost time in transit), while arguably delivering the same, and in some cases a more engaging learning experience.
Finally, here’s our top three tips on how to implement m-learning in our business.
Firstly, it’s essential that you analyse your audience and determine learning needs.
Secondly, choose m-learning-optimised presentation formats such as: podcasts and vodcasts, post-training quizzes, updates and tips, social learning, performance tools, just-in-time checklists.
Practical sessions, simulations and long courses can not be effectively delivered via m-learning.
Next, you’ll need to make a choice between: authoring and delivering your own m-learning content, getting someone else to author it for you, or buying off-the-shelf content.
Be open to combining these options depending on the particular budget level and skill-mix of your business.
Finally, these projects can required coordinated input from multiple stakeholders and experts and you should ideally assign a project lead to bring the project to fruition.
Sean is the CEO of Skillshub. He’s a published author and has been featured on CNN, BBC and ITV as a leading authority in the learning and development industry. Sean is responsible for the vision and strategy at Skillshub, helping to ensure innovation within the company.