Mobile learning, or mLearning, includes all the benefits of traditional eLearning, while also utilizing a blended learning approach. In blended learning, the student get to learn, at least in part, with content and instruction delivered via digital and online media with some element of control over time, place, path, or pace for learning. As mobile phones already give their users control over the time, place, and pace at which information is received, a blended learning approach works perfectly well with mobile devices. The result is an enhanced learning experience.
If your organization is looking for new and better ways to improve online employee training, consider mobile learning. Here are some of the benefits:
Flexibility of learning
ELearning created flexibility by allowing learning to happen at a time and place of the learner's choice. Mobile learning took this flexibility to a new level by making instructional content like videos, podcasts, and other multimedia formats available on smart phones and tablets whenever and wherever the learners wanted.
Improved rate of completion and retention
Effective learning happens when the learner is able to complete a course as well as apply the lessons learned to the tasks they perform. Mobile learning is designed in such a way to encourage course completion as well as enhance retention.
Multiple device support
Advances in technology made eLearning courses available not just on laptop PCs, but on all kinds of devices learners use on a daily basis like tablets and smart phones, through the use of apps.
When used in the workplace, mLearning facilitates easy access to information. This results in better job performance, as learners get the solutions when they want and need them. There are critical moments in the course of a typical work day when the speed at which information can be accessed is really important.
Today's learning platforms are designed to send notifications and updates on different preselected courses, which learners can then go through on their smart phones at a time and place of their convenience. This creates a more focused learning experience.
Now learners have the choice to resume a course where they left off. They can also make a note of their queries and get answers by going back in the course. This makes for a more personalized learning experience.
Mobile learning, with its plethora of benefits coupled with the swift pace at which device technology is evolving, is poised to revolutionize the eLearning process. According to the website eLearning Industry, 70% of professionals are likely to work using their personal smart phones by 2018. So, organizations will have to adopt their learning strategy to meet the demands of these newly empowered employees.