You all probably know about just how pervasive the mobile phone has become: just about everyone owns a smart mobile device, and we spend 2 hours every day on our smart-phones, (and yes, that includes workdays!).
Almost half of 18-24 years check their phone in the night; and smart-phones have overtaken tablets as the number one device used to access the internet.
These figures have caused some to suggest we are addicted to smartphones.
But this mobile obsession is a dream come true for trainers, particularly purveyors of microlearning.
As you may know microlearning is a new but rapidly proliferating form of training delivery.
Rather than delivering learning to students in the traditional 2 to 3 day, block course format, microlearning provides learners with ‘just in time’ access to content.
You need to prepare for an upcoming appraisal with a difficult team member?
Don’t wait helplessly until next year’s block training course.
Simply access a short 5 minute video now on, ‘appraisals with difficult team members’, from a corporate microlearning library of educational videos.
Perhaps you have a call with an irate customer scheduled?
Don’t rely on memory fragments from from last year’s customer service course.
Access a short 5 minute video on dealing with angry customers, right now.
This sounds so simple.
Why hasn’t it happened before?
It simply wasn’t practical in the paper and classroom based training delivery era of previous decades.
But, with just about all your learners now being equipped with an internet enabled smart-phone which they use habitually, you now have the perfect medium for delivering microlearning to your staff.
Purveyors of microlearning can build a mobile friendly library of targeted, topical bite-size learning content in the form of videos, articles, checklists etc… that can be effortlessly accessed on demand by your workers with no overhead, at the time of their choosing, or when they are in need of education.
In terms of microlearning, mobile phones have made the impossible possible.
They are a match made in heaven.