when to use mobile learning

When To Use Mobile Learning

Nowadays, organisations are increasingly capitalising on mobile learning (m-learning). This method of learning has made lives easier for employees, especially those who are always on the move and unable to devote specific time to training. In this article, we are going to list out some of the best instances when to use mobile learning, particularly in a workplace setting.

M-learning for employees who don’t have access to computers

There is always an assumption that every employee has an office equipped with a computer. Those assumptions are misleading for many workplaces, including miners, transportation, manufacturers and other industries with mobile workforces.

M-learning is really handy for such organisations since they can bypass the cost of buying computers and just opt for mobile training techniques. And not only do mobile devices offer a more cost-effective option of delivering training, it also fits better into the daily flow and work processes of organisations like these.

During pre-training (the “flipped” model of instruction)

In many instances, classroom training can be improved if employees have had some earlier exposure to a topic before the actual session begins. This idea of exposing the employees to the training content online in advance, and later in a classroom setting is usually referred to as the flipped model of instruction.

Among the benefits of the flipped model is that it utilises the earlier online learning session to disseminate information so that the classroom session can focus on hands-on activities, feedbacks, demonstrations and questions – the type of things considered to be valuable during face-to-face training.

Perfect for on-the-job performance support

Formal training is great, but a lot of learning actually takes place in an on-the-job setting. Usually, an employee can learn something new by asking a colleague a question at a moment of need, or alternatively, do a quick Google search about a troubling matter. Mobile gadgets are best suited to helping workers retrieve this type of critical information at the hour of need while still on the job.

When you need to convey quick, nearly instant updates to your staff

Picture this scenario – some important changes have taken place in the workplace and you need to relay this information to your employees as quickly as possible. What do you do? Well, you can try and schedule a last-minute training session, but you know well that it won’t be easy and many employees will have difficulties attending.

It will be much simpler to develop a training module for these kinds of situations and then relay it to employees, which they can access via their mobile gadgets. You will get to deliver important information to more employees in less time, in that manner.

We hope this article has given you a new perspective of when to use mobile training in your organisation. Got other ideas or instances when it can be applied? We would love to hear from you.

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