Radical developments in the ICT sector have made mobile devices an integral part of our lives. Companies have realized the immense learning potential of the ever-increasing power of these gadgets.
According to the American Ambient Insight Report (2011), 39% of organizations have already initiated mLearning.
There is a growth rate of 29.3% among US companies buying mLearning.
The mobile device could be used to deliver a wonderful learning experience. M-learning is the preferred format of training because of the following reasons:
Easily accessible and convenient
The mobile has permeated into our lives like never before that we cannot imagine life without it. The 2011 Horizon report states that by 2015, 80% of people accessing the Internet will be doing so from mobile devices.
The heavy usage of these incredible gadgets by the workforce has become the impetus for the rapid growth of mLearning. Learning through these devices is easy and ease of learning adds to a better learning experience.
The learning format of millennial workers
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that Gen-Y employees would constitute 40% of the workforce by 2020. As the number of millennial workers rises, companies are expected to rely more on mLearning to impart efficient corporate training.
Our present tech-savvy generation of personnel prefers to be digitally connected and prefer to acquire knowledge and skills through mobiles. M-learning is therefore the learning format of Gen-Y.
The right format to unleash the learning power of mobile apps
Mobile apps are the learning tools of the future. These help to network and collaborate with our peers efficiently. Native mobile social networks such as Foursquare, Instagram and so on too help us share our ideas and experiences. Social networking websites such as Facebook have developed mobile apps that help their users remain connected.
Recent developments in technology have led to the development of apps such as Tappestry, which help integrate informal social learning into corporate training.
Various apps are available in the market such as Foreman’s Mate, HVAC toolkit ultimate, Electrician’s Helper and so on, which provide performance support to people in particular professions and trades.
Ideal for delivering byte-sized lessons
Bite-sized learning is an effective means of delivering efficient corporate training. The short duration of lessons helps trainees “digest” the learning content easily.
Bite-sized lessons could be readily accessed through mobile devices. Organizations can use internally developed mobile apps that could be used to efficiently deliver bite-sized learning, which help the employee to retain the concepts learnt. These short lessons could also be used as ready reckoners to provide just in time support to workers.
It is easy to develop and manage mLearning courses
Recent developments in technology have made the development of mLearning courses less complicated and cost effective. New technical paradigms such as HTML5 have now made it possible to develop cross-platform apps, which contribute to the removal of technical barriers to training through these devices. Practices such as BYOD have already contributed to substantial reduction in mLearning costs.
LMS could be used to effectively manage learning through these incredible gadgets. Various open-source LMS are available in the market such as Moodle, which provide affordable and efficient solutions to mLearning management needs.
It is no exaggeration to say that the future of corporate training is inextricably linked to mLearning. It is indeed the learning format of the 21st century. What do you think? Do share your views with us.
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