Mobile learning has been taking the world by storm. In schools and universities, print media is quickly being replaced by digital eBooks run on smartphones and iPads. In the workplace, these same tools are being used to bypass the need for a classroom, ensuring that employees can upskill and grow regardless of where they are or when they can pull away from their other responsibilities.
The ability to rapidly consume information on the move is revolutionizing the way we think about upskilling and growth, especially among younger generations who have grown up with the internet at their fingertips and are accustomed to absorbing massive amounts of data in a short time, no matter where they are. Mobile learning is one of the few innovations that seek to capitalize on this by utilizing the time spent moving between client locations or waiting for files to upload to engage in bite-sized, mobile-friendly modules that quickly teach valuable skills.
Let's go over the five most unique benefits of mobile learning:
The most obvious of mobile learning's advantages is that it can be pursued in tandem by teams all over the world. This is particularly important for companies that regularly station their employees at different locations, as well as for companies with employees in multiple offices, or even multiple countries who need standardized learning that all employees can attend. Whether it's a policy change or technical upskilling, mobile learning gets the job done.
Low Technical Requirements
Unlike more advanced training methods, mobile learning is designed with universality in mind. Great mobile learning modules can operate on any smartphone device and can work even with spotty or inconsistent internet access.
Low Time Investment
Mobile learning is almost always also a form of Microlearning, an eLearning category notable for its bite-sized, short-duration modules designed to quickly share information in a way that can be rapidly absorbed and immediately utilized. Mobile learning is a great fit for this since it's much easier to pull up a smartphone and complete a five-minute microlearning module than it is to do the same thing on a laptop computer.
With the universality of smartphones, mobile learning provides a great way to connect with customers as well as employees. Well-designed mobile learning modules will be responsive to different screen sizes and work on even the oldest smartphone models. This makes mobile learning a fantastic option for educating customers on your products as well, rather than focusing your eLearning initiatives on just employees.
High Knowledge Retention
A 2011 study found that mobile learning also has a massively higher knowledge retention rate than traditional learning, with 70% of respondents showing significantly high knowledge retention after a mobile learning module compared to a physical classroom lecture. The use of vibrant animations and interactive assessments keeps learners engaged and attentive in a way that ensures the knowledge has been effectively absorbed by the learner.
Ozemio has helped hundreds of companies with eLearning solutions and we have proudly built several award-winning mobile learning modules with our clients. You can reach out to us for a free consultation here to find out how you can upskill your talent on the move today.