Despite its seemingly obvious definition, mobile learning, or mLearning, is not simply e-learning on a mobile device. It involves self-paced, on-demand learning across multiple contexts, in short, bite-sized micro lessons.
We are finding that many of the businesses we work with like Jaguar Land Rover and Volvo Car Corporation see improved adoption, knowledge retention, and better engagement with training materials as a result.
Here are five key trends that are driving the growth of mobile learning:
1. The rise in worker mobility
It is said that we are living in an increasingly global economy and, according to a recent survey by PwC, international assignments have increased by a quarter over the past decade. The study suggests that they could grow by a further 50% by 2020 and, while we don’t yet know the impact of Brexit on mobility, growth is predicted to continue. In these circumstances, mobile learning is a viable option when it is necessary to give training on the go and reach those employees who are arguably spending less time at a desk.
2. Workers demanding training and advancement
Many workers, and millennials in particular, assign great value to on-the-job training that can lead to improved skillsets and potential advancement. A KPCB report found that more than a fifth (22%) of this demographic prioritised training over other ‘perks’, including flexible hours, cash bonuses and company cars.
Companies need to adapt to the ever-changing demands of employees and strengthen the talent within to remain ahead of the competition.
3. Evolving technologies leading to high-skill jobs
With global competition rising, having great talent on your team has never been more important for business survival. Mobile learning can be easily tailored and deployed to groups as large or small as you need. This could be the difference in preventing a new individual employee or an entire team who are in danger of being left behind or becoming under-qualified by the pace of changing technology from lagging.
Mobile learning can help keep staff at different levels of expertise up to date.
4. An increase in remote and flexible working
Remote and flexible working is on the rise in many industries. Training can still be delivered to staff via more traditional eLearning methods, but others prefer the flexibility of mLearning, or are restricted as to the devices they can use if they do a lot of travelling. BYOD (bring your own device) workplace policies also support mLearning programmes.
5. More interest in Performance Support
Performance Support (PS) involves making support resources accessible as and when they are needed. PS complements the learning process but is normally considered separate from eLearning or training as a whole. mLearning and Performance Support are ideally suited as resources can be easily accessed through appropriately secure mobile devices wherever the learner might be.
Now you have explored the key trends driving mLearning, discover these 5 tips to engage learners with mobile learning.