An extension of online learning – mobile learning (m-learning) – is transforming the way organizations train their workforce. Managers and departmental leaders, worldwide, have recognized how preoccupied people are with their smartphones and are now seeking to capitalize on that by making learning material accessible via phones. The good thing about this approach is that employees can access information anytime, anywhere. Let’s look at some of the ways how mobile learning can change your workplace.
Increases workforce motivation for training
Apparently, many employees do not like attending training sessions. One of the reasons for this is that training requires workers to take time out of an already hectic schedule to fit it in. Since m-learning allows employees to complete training anytime and anywhere, it is highly likely that their motivation and interest in learning will increase.
Improved on-the-job support
We have already seen that employees prefer learning techniques that don’t disrupt their daily schedule. As mobile learning programs are accessible on handheld gadgets and are short and specific, employees can simply use them as performance-support tools. And as you might be aware, nothing helps your staff better perform their roles without having to seek external help, than on-the-job support tools.
Addresses all learning styles
Mobile devices have made it possible for organizations to develop courses that can be accessed via multiple formats such as short videos, podcasts, eBooks and document formats such as Word, Excel and PDFs. This is a key factor in boosting employee engagement and zeal towards training. And it’s known, an engaged workforce translates to higher productivity.
Utilizes downtime… anywhere
The accessibility of m-learning is perhaps its biggest plus point. It allows organizations to fill pockets of dead time their workforce has with productivity. If you have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy in place, tasks like commuting home on the train or waiting for a long print job all become opportunities to access a learning bite. Actually, many employees retain information better when it is delivered in micro bits, which makes m-learning a successful strategy for imparting information.
Aligns your employee training with technology trends
It is projected that by 2020, mobile gadgets will be our primary tools for accessing the internet. Thus, it makes sense to start getting ready for the technology change away from the inconvenient and time-consuming methods by creating learning materials that can be accessed across multiple mobile platforms.
M-learning is becoming the motivating force behind corporate training and learning strategies. Larry Page (Google’s co-founder) once said, “We are no longer living in a mobile-first world; we are in a mobile-only world.” Thus, if m-learning is utilized properly, it can positively transform your workplace. It’s the in-thing, so get the most out of it in your training programs.
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