Our mobiles connect us to the world with the tap of a button. Likewise, using our mobile phones or tablets to access short-form video, audio, and text-based courses means we have instant access to knowledge and the on-demand opportunity to improve our skillset.
Mobile learning emphasizes bite-sized lessons where topics are searchable and easily consumed on the move. This is perfect if you use training to on-board employees and use education to help them reach professional goals.
The result? A more productive and fulfilled workforce which, in turn, leads to a more successful company.
When our schedules are constantly jam-packed, it’s difficult to justify learning something new – there’s only 24 hours in a day, right?
With mobile learning, employees can tap into their courses whenever they have a spare moment, whether that’s on the commute to work, traveling or exercising.
Being able to slip in lessons here and there means employees are more likely to persevere with a course, because they can fit it around their busy lifestyle rather than the other way round - cue a whole lot less resentment at having to waste precious time working through boring training materials.
Being able to fit training around their professional and personal lives makes employees more productive with their time and more likely to access and engage with the training materials. Imagine an interactive course where employees can listen to an audio file on their commute and read a text-based report while they eat their lunch.
Key Takeaway: Keep lessons short so they’re easy to consume. Not only will this make training much more manageable for your employees, but it will make it easier for you to add and swap out course content as trends and systems change.
Mobile learning allows companies to carry out core training to a diverse and ever-changing workforce; a workforce that has the flexibility to work from anywhere with more control and responsibility placed on the employee.
With such dramatic changes taking place in the workplace, including an increasing number of home-based workers and flexi-hour contracts, it’s no wonder that training and learning needs to shift to fit in with the new lifestyles of your employees.
With mobile learning, you can align your training strategies with your entire workforce, giving them the flexibility to learn wherever they are and whenever they have time.
Key Takeaway: Make training more accessible to your employees by making it available on devices people use frequently. This means employees from all different sectors can access training with the click of a button.
Mobile courses bring together the human element of social media and learning.
Employees can tune into classes from the comfort of their own phones and tap into the social aspect of learning – one where they’re allowed to ask questions, respond to information, and interact with what they’re mentally digesting via branded forums, video workshops, and live webinars that they can access from any device.
Mobile courses make learning interactive, which means you can increase the engagement of your training without forcing employees to watch. When you add an element of sociability to the mix, employees feel part of a team, which makes them want to learn for both personal and professional advancement.
Key Takeaway: Create discussion points in your training, share experiences, and encourage your employees to offer feedback to create dynamic and engaging content. To do this, simply ask questions that solicit answers, and instill a sense of camaraderie into the training.
With mobile learning, students have control over the learning process. This process can be tailored and personalized for each employee to fit in with their favored learning method, whether it’s video, audio, or text.
They can work through the material at their own pace, go back over stuff they don’t understand, and dip into lessons when their mind is working at its best.
Unlike rigid in-person training that requires students to turn up at a specific time and learn a specific curriculum, mobile learning gives students the chance to choose how they want to study, when they want to study, and what exactly it is they want to study.
This helps align your training with individual employee goals which encourages them to reach their personal and professional goals.
Mobile learning provides a flexible platform from which you can do exactly this. It allows you to publish content in different formats so employees can pick and choose the learning methods that work best for them.
Key Takeaway: Determine the kinds of training material that will have the most impact on your employees’ personal and professional goals, and implement it in different formats to ensure all different learning styles are accounted for.
These days anyone, anywhere can teach a skillset they are well-versed in, which gives employees the chance to learn and teach a variety of different subjects.
Your employees are the people who know your company best, and with mobile learning, they don’t have to miss out on sharing their niche knowledge. Creating an interactive, on-demand training might include lessons from your team educating new employees on best practices, lessons learned, and visions for the future.
Teaching others what we’ve learned ourselves is one of the best ways to make sure messages and lessons are absorbed on all levels – because we’ve been there and done it already.
Key Takeaway: Seek out the mentors and experts within your organization that can share their wisdom. You might want to conduct one-on-one interviews with them, or have them record a technical video to help new employees better understand a concept.
Using mobile learning to on-board, train, and engage your employees is a great way to boost productivity and help reach company goals. If you want to put it into action, make the most of it by:
On-demand training served up in bite-sized chunks on a mobile phone or tablet not only allows your employees to interact with the content in a way traditional training doesn’t, but it ensures they can engage in a way that’s best suited to them.
For you, this means productive employees who are willing to learn and reach their personal and professional goals to improve your company.