Apart from being an eLearning platform, Mobile Devices are a communication hub. Unlike desktop computers, mobile devices are truly personal. They allow the user a higher level of engagement and interactivity. Mobile devices can employ many tools, including texting, social engagement, browsing the web and other elements that allow the user to stay connected to the digital world. This connectivity is impossible to find with the use of traditional computers. Mobile devices allow for two-way communication anywhere and anytime that goes beyond the traditional methods of meetings, emails and conferences. In addition, mobile devices are much more easily accessible and less cumbersome than laptops and tablets.
The number one challenge with elearning programs is that learners don’t always have immediate access to appropriate devices. Their desktop computer could be out of date, which means it doesn’t support the elearning software until such time when the company is able to update the computers. Desktop computers also require employees to be physically connected to their workstation.. Laptops are typically only made available to executives or employees who travel for business. To make elearning more accessible for all employees, the training can be provided through a website or the company intranet that employees could access via their mobile device. This would remove the current constraints tied to training that can only be delivered through a computer.
Implementing a mobile solution is much easier than implementing a computer solution. Mobile devices are an excellent platform mainly due to ease of use and access. This in turn will make it easier to experiment on a smaller audience and measure their success. Once the solution proves successful, it can be extended to the rest of the workforce. This mere opportunity to experiment on a smaller scale minimizes overall investment risk. Organizations can more easily assess results before making a greater investment and initiating a companywide roll-out.
Like with any new technology, it requires an investment. With mobile elearning, the investment will deliver a high return. The beauty of mobile learning is that it’s cost-effective. Apart from the initial investment in mobile learning, there are really no added costs. The technology upgrades usually fall upon the mobile learning provider, which means organizations won’t have to employ any additional IT staff.
Training through mobile elearning programs is mostly asynchronous, which means the learners are learning on their own and at their own pace. It is also fairly straightforward to transform this learning experience into training that’s highly interactive and engaging, especially when integrated with social learning. Social learning can be implemented through social networks, collaborative learning tools and group projects, which will eventually increase cohesiveness within the company.
Adding mobile elearning to a corporate training program provides another avenue to engage learners anytime and anywhere. For more information about your mlearning strategy contact us today!