features of mobile learning

What are the 10 best features of mobile learning?

Mobile learning (or m learning) is the method of teaching using mobile devices. However, there is a large variety of mobile learning management systems and they vary greatly in terms of user experience and features. So what should you look for when it comes to features for mobile learning?

10 Best features of mobile learning

1. Microlearning

Microlearning is made for mobile. It’s a method of teaching that distils information into topical, easy-to-digest, bite-sized chunks. Accessing it on a mobile device means effective learning can take place anywhere at any time.

2. Spaced Repetition

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.

3. Peer Learning

Most eLearning comes from third-parties and is often hard for learners to engage with. Peer Learning sees colleagues teaching colleagues. Getting your best and brightest to quickly create microlessons that are dripping with expertise will be highly engaging for learners who can better relate to both the teacher and the context.

4. Just-in-Time Training

When learning takes place on a mobile device, it 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 it a great feature of mobile learning.

5. Gamification

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.

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Mobile learning can be done anywhere at any time.

6. Push Notifications

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.

7. Mobile-focused authoring tool

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 authoring tool, it’s simple to create interactive lessons simply by uploading questions and answers to existing templates.

8. Social Learning

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.

9. Responsive 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 a large-screen content being squashed onto a mobile-sized screen. The poor user experience is fiddly and distracting which leads to poor engagement.

10. Learn anywhere

Company computers represent mental barriers to absorbing new ideas. Workers are more comfortable with their own devices and they can easily perform 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!

Which features of mobile learning do you want?

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 enquiries@edapp.com. You can also try EdApp’s Mobile LMS and authoring tool for free by signing up here or in the box below.

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