From TalentLMS by John Laskaris
Mobile learning is rapidly becoming the norm of eLearning!
mLearning has invaded the eLearning scene, regardless of the age of the learner. A successful eLearning project caters to mLearning by default. In this article, we discover why mLearning is the preferred method of learning among eLearners.
Performance support or collaborative eLearning environment, mLearning has all the cards. Throw in the favorite handheld device (the smartphone) and your eLearning course becomes a favorite pastime!
What’s with the enormous success of mLearning anyway? Why are learners more motivated to browse through screens and screens of mobile courses, but not the same ones on the desktop?
Here are a few takes on that question:
Shift in Learner Profiles
In a given organization, there are traditional learners, baby-boomers, Gen X and Gen Y. Most learners prefer using tablets and smartphones for learning.
Shift in Learning Patterns
More and more learners now prefer multimedia to stay engaged in a learning environment, for example videos, podcasts, audio as well as access to bite-sized learning, or micro-learning on the go. They also appreciate more control over their learning sessions, i.e. being able to select which modules to complete first and which ones later.
Shift in device use pattern
Initiatives like BYOD (bring your own device) have created a mobile device-based learning environment. Maturing educational technologies and tools have also added to the trend of using mobile devices in a learning capacity. Ease of development and ease of use of mobile learning platforms are also major contributors towards mLearning.
Shift of legacy courses to the mobile platform
Older courses can be migrated easily to the mobile platform with minimal effort. This can create a better learning experience and provide the flexibility for learners to access the courses on the device of their choice.
What Are The Benefits Of mLearning?
So now you have it all – the reasons why mLearning is gaining swift popularity. Let’s explore the benefits now. We guarantee, you will become an mLearning believer!
1. Flexibility to learners.
Flexibility is not limited to any one place or time anymore! Flexibility in mLearning also involves learning using videos, podcasts and other popular multimedia assets on smartphones.
2. Better completion rates and higher retention
The content presented in the mobile platform is chunk-sized and concise. This enables learners to complete courses and initiate the next course as well.
3. Collaborative learning.
Engaging learners towards the establishment of online learning communities is more effective using mobile devices.
4. Higher engagement.
Extant research and statistics reveal a higher engagement rate when courses are delivered using the mobile format.
5. Multi-device support.
The same course is available on variable devices ranging from PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
6. Performance Support.
Learners prefer methods that are as unobtrusive to their daily routine as possible. This creates a learning habit that yields higher quality of performance. This facilitates easy access to information while at work. Learners also find and retrieve just-in-time information easily using their personal mobile devices.
7. Learning path.
Phone based reminders and organizers are integrated with the mLearning platforms. Learners get ongoing notifications and updates on their courses, which they check anywhere and anytime. The can also resume their course easily, without unlearning previous content. The learning path established in a mobile platform is more personalized and continuous.
With the popularity of mobile devices and the ever increasing use mobile applications, eLearning will soon need a mobile application to run. Most training programs already use a mobile-friendly learning management system to host their eLearning programs. We hope that these 7 benefits of mobile learning will motivate you to create quality mobile learning programs.