Mobile learning is increasingly playing an integral role in organizational training. With the learning trends gearing more towards personalized and on-demand training, find out how mobile learning finds its rightful place in the modern global company.

 

Workplace productivity used to mean, rather simply, the value produced by a workforce divided by the amount of cost or time it requires to complete the task¹. Today, however, there’s more to that than just a simple equation, mainly because of the influence of technology. From computers and mobile devices to high speed Internet connections and other communication avenues, technology has played an integral part in increasing workplace productivity.

The mobile revolution. Today, workplace productivity has also been highly influenced by mobile devices. A study by the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) and Workshare² revealed that 81% of professionals access work documents while on their mobile phones—evidence of just how integral mobile devices have become in an average person’s work life. In 2015, Deloitte study³ revealed how many times the average American checked their mobile phones on a daily basis. The staggering number at the time was 46. People aged 18 to 24 checked their phones about 74 times a day, while those aged 25-34 checked their devices about 50 times per day. It is this keen connection to our mobile devices that has led to the rise of learning apps, productivity apps, and enterprise apps that aid professionals in becoming more knowledgeable, more skilled, and more productive.

Seizing the opportunity. In this day and age when mobile devices have become an extension of almost every working individual, it’s crucial for companies to take advantage of this relationship, and it is with good reason. A study conducted by research firm Towards Maturity (Emerald Group)³ revealed that in comparing learners who use mobile devices to those who don’t use mobile devices to learn, those who learned on mobile devices had a 70% improvement in productivity, 47% improvement in manager perception of additional business benefit, and 25% improvement in revenue. Additionally, a Lynda research paper revealed that learners complete courses 45% faster on mobile devices than when learning on the computer alone.

eLearning vs mLearning. While eLearning is often defined as learning through various electronic technologies such as computers and the Internet, mobile learning or mLearning isn’t necessarily just eLearning delivered through mobile devices. Mobile learning is more specific, as it enables learners to not only access learning material using their mobile phones, but also learn through various interactive mediums, such as apps, messaging platforms, etc., and learn when and where learners need it, making for a flexible training solution for busy professionals. Such flexibility is giving learners the freedom to choose when and where they learn. Because mobile learning often comes in bite-sized modules that are succinct but coherent, it enables learners to spend snippets of their time wisely—sharpening new skills and acquiring work-relevant knowledge. It also helps learners become more engaged in their training, as they are able to learn at their own pace. If they choose to access their training while on the train or bus on the way to work, they’re proactively seeking it out and are more motivated to get it done, compared to when they’re required to sit down at a specific time and date to do their training.

Workplace education for maximized ROI. As with any type of corporate training and workplace learning, needs must be analyzed before deployment. When such needs are defined, companies are able to determine if mobile learning can support their overall training goals, or if any other blended learning approach is needed. Mobile learning can be a improve training outcomes and support a blended learning program, and it can be the key to improved upskilling of professionals in the global corporate setting.

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