Today, the focus of organizations is that, learning needs should be tailored to modern workplace environment, which means supporting continuous learning rather than discrete learning events. With infrastructure and devices getting quicker, affordable and smarter, people are more likely to adopt different kinds of mobile technologies. As per research, there are around 2.53 billion smartphone users across the world and this number is expected to rise to 2.87 billion by 2020. [Source: statista.com/statistics/330695/number-of-smartphone-users-worldwide/].
Mobile learning is delivered on a smaller screen as compared to traditional desktop learning and mostly useful to people who are on the move. This results in leveraging the best use of bite-sized content which is quick to access, easy to digest and retain. Modern learners use different mobile apps to learn at their own pace of time and place. Learning through apps does not require internet connection to download the course. Because of this flexibility, mobile apps are becoming a significant content delivery format, especially for microlearning.
Use of Mobile Learning Apps is Trending Now
When you choose to watch a video or access a podcast, you are creating a learning opportunity. If you do this via mobile technology, it will be considered as an engaging e-learning experience. There is so much that can be achieved through mobile technologies using different communication channels. Outlined below are some of the popular approaches that help to deliver engaging mobile learning experience:
• Searchable references can be created to motivate learners explore relevant content sources (such as Wikipedia) or design their own wikis.
• Different kinds of checklist apps can be installed to plan tasks that need to be accomplished.
• Podcasts can be used to deliver content through audio presentations from subject matter experts.
• Audio books can be downloaded, covering specific topics to enhance their knowledge even on the go.
• Expert videos can also be shared via public or private networks on your personalized mobile devices.
• Even the camera feature of mobile devices can help with taking pictures at workplace to send to mentors, to verify set training standards such as safety at workplace.
Mobile apps allow learners to access training material whenever and wherever they need it. For instance, sales personnel can access short training modules before dealing with their potential clients. They may forget what they learned a week before, but microlearning can improve their knowledge retention by 40% to 50%. They can revise the same content on the day they pitch sales via their personalized devices to ensure that they go in better prepared. Certainly, the future of e-learning is going beyond traditional classroom setting and will be mobile and flexible to cater to customized learning styles and preferences.