November 15, 2023
Microlearning is made for mobile. It’s a method of teaching that distills information into topical, easy-to-digest, bite-sized chunks. Accessing it on smartphones or a mobile device means effective learning can take place anywhere at any time.
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Distributed practice is the process of repeating learning over increasing intervals. It’s important not to repeat it too soon or too late – a scientific schedule should be used. It’s a great dedicated feature to have with mobile learning because small, mobile-friendly lessons can easily be repeated.
Most eLearning comes from third parties and is often hard for learners to engage with. Peer Learning sees colleagues teaching colleagues for a unique learning experience. Getting your best and brightest to quickly create microlessons from learning materials that are dripping with expertise will be highly engaging for learners who can better relate to both the teacher and the context.
When learning takes place on a mobile device, employee training can be performed anywhere. This makes it great for learning on demand – or JIT Training. Learners can dial up a lesson minutes before going into an important meeting making accessibility and usability great features of mobile learning.
Multimedia support in mobile learning is a powerful tool for engaging learners in employee training. Incorporating various forms of media, such as videos, audio, and interactive elements, lets you create dynamic and interactive learning experiences for your teams.
This approach caters to different learning styles and boosts understanding and retention. Whether it’s watching instructional videos, listening to audio presentations, or participating in interactive quizzes, multimedia support adds variety and interactivity to your training programs. It keeps your learners engaged and enhances the overall effectiveness of the learning experience.
Learning works best when it doesn’t feel like learning. Transforming lessons into games is a great way to improve engagement and retention. Offering real prizes only makes matters more effective.
Reminding people to perform their training or telling them about a new course can be a real pain point for L&D professionals. Push Notifications appear on learners’ own devices’ notification screens where they are most likely to see them and react to them. It’s a useful mobile learning feature to have.
A great deal of eLearning is authored in separate software and by different people compared to a company’s own LMS. However, by using a mobile learning system that has an integrated easy-to-use SCORM authoring tool, it’s simple to create interactive lessons simply by uploading questions and answers to existing templates.
People access social media on their mobile devices all the time, so it makes sense to add the option for learners to engage with teachers and respond to/comment on lessons in an effort to improve them and make them more effective. Both the feedback and ideas generated are great features of mobile learning.
The rise of mobile and the smaller screen means all software should be designed mobile-first. A responsive mobile LMS will work better within a larger computer’s web browser than having large-screen content and learning objects being squashed onto a mobile-sized screen. The poor user experience is fiddly and distracting which leads to poor engagement.
With offline access, you can guarantee that your learners have access to course materials, videos, and assessments even when they’re not connected to the internet. Regardless of their location or the availability of Wi-Fi or cellular data, your learners can continue their learning journey without any disruptions.
It doesn’t matter if traveling, in remote areas, or facing connectivity issues. You’ll be able to enhance the flexibility and accessibility of your training programs, and your learners can enjoy uninterrupted learning experiences anytime and anywhere.
Company computers represent mental barriers to absorbing new ideas. Workers are more comfortable with their own mobile phone and they can easily perform online training in their downtime or when commuting. Adding incentives makes this more agreeable. Some vendors even have competitions for who can take a picture of the weirdest place to do mobile training – which motivates entire teams!
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If you’d like to know more about how EdApp can help your internal training practices with all of the above mobile learning features, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also try EdApp’s Mobile LMS and authoring tool for free by signing up here.
Daniel Brown is a senior technical editor and writer that has worked in the education and technology sectors for two decades. Their background experience includes curriculum development and course book creation.