You know the sensation ‘Pokémon Go’ created using Geolocation and Time tagging. It is the finest example of how ‘augmented reality’ makes it possible to bring virtual things to the real world. You can apply the same principles to make your mobile learning more real and personal by leveraging the Geolocation feature.
Almost all mobile devices – Smartphones and tablets have an in-built Global Positioning System (GPS). This feature can be used to personalize the learner’s user experience effectively. You can come up with location-based learning services based on the GPS in mobiles. Let’s check how!
Learning Based on Location
Players in Pokémon Go travel according to the instructions and reach the specific location to discover and capture Pokémon. You can offer location-centric learning the other way round. When you find your employee at a particular location, you know what help he needs for that occasion.
For example, if a sales rep is in the city of Rochester, you can easily identify whom he is going to meet. As you sit in the head office, you can send essential data of the prospect and sales offers directly to your sales rep’s mobile through custom notifications. It’s not an impossible thing; you just need to have a mobile learning app with geolocation tagging.
Location Defines the Learning Scope
You know mobile learning is the best fit to disseminate granular information to your workforce. You can make it more focused and personalized based on employee location. It staves off unnecessary details and keeps learning to the point, based on the learner’s location.
Let’s take, say safety training, you will talk about safety equipment based on the job site a employee works in. When he handles heavy weights on the stairs, you can send the appropriate precautionary measures to his mobile to prevent major workplace accidents. If it’s a fire accident prone zone, you can send custom alerts on how to use fire safety equipment.
Learning Based on Time
In the game Pokémon Go, a different Pokémon appears basednot only on location but also time.
Likewise, when you know the employee’s location and time, you can narrow down your training content further.
Employees’ mobile usage in work hours is different from off time usage. For example, before meeting a prospect, your sales rep will refer his mobile for essential points specific to that sales deal. If he is accessing the mobile at night, he may have leisure and can watch sales success videos and listen to training podcasts.
So you can deliver customized learning content through mobiles not just based on location but time too.
Geolocation-based Task Alerts &Reminders
In mobile learning, you can also set task alerts and reminders related to work based on Geolocation.
For example, if your employees are working in a hazardous site, you can add geo-fence alerts to your mobile learning through push notifications. When they enter a potential risk radiation area or high risk location, notification alert appears on the employee’s mobile screen. You can also display the precautionary measures to be taken and suitable Personal Protective Equipment to be worn for that particular task. Not that they aren’t aware of these job requisites, but this acts as post training support. This also shows your concern for your employees’ safety and efforts to create an accident-free workplace.
Learning Based on Preferences
Mobile devices are personal and your employees hardly part with them. They customize them and set up their accounts and preferences. If you develop a web-based mobile application for their learning, you can customize the training content as per their search and browsing preferences. When you integrate your mobile learning application with Google Maps and location-based services, your employees can get proximity-based results. Geolocation-based mobile learning can also help you offer files attached to Geolocation coordinates, location-based tasks such as sending push notifications, text messages, and e-mails.
Have you tried this in your training programs? Do share your experiences.