What is mLearning

Tips for Using mLearning in Your Training Strategy

About 5 billion of the world’s population own a mobile device. With such a large reach, think about how many of your learners you could train, using something they carry with them every day. Enter mobile learning, otherwise known as mLearning. 

mLearning is an increasingly popular way for businesses to train their learners and an indispensable learning management system (LMS) feature to have. With courses being accessible at their fingertips, anywhere in the world, it’s a practical, yet powerful way to reach training audiences who need to learn on the go.  

What is mobile learning?

Mobile learning refers to training or learning completed through a portable device, like a mobile phone or tablet. Mobile learning gives the power to learn back to your learners by enabling them to complete training anywhere, anytime. 

It’s become a must-have resource for organizations wanting to train their employees, partners, and customers

Importance of mobile learning

Being able to provide mobile learning to your learners is crucial. 

Whether you’re delivering product knowledge or compliance or onboarding training, your learners need to be able to easily access their courses.

Mobile learning is like a virtual learning environment that your learners can access wherever they are. This opens up their learning time in ways traditional learning can’t. Sitting in a cafe becomes an opportunity to watch a video tutorial. Commuting to work becomes an opportunity to take a quick knowledge check exam. Learners have the flexibility to choose where, when, and what they want to learn. 

Mobile learning also increases engagement by removing the hindrances on the learner to find time to squeeze in anything from an hour to days of training, whether it be face-to-face or online. And increased engagement leads to higher completion rates, the easier it is for your learners to engage with training the more likely they’re going to complete it. 

6 best practice tips for corporate mobile learning

Considering the benefits it’s clear to see why mLearning should be an important aspect of your corporate learning strategy. In order to achieve this, it's crucial that you provide your learners with a learning environment that encourages on-the-go learning.

While a mobile-friendly LMS can help you to implement your mLearning strategy, you’ll need to utilize best practice approach to get the most out of it. Let’s look at some steps you can take to achieve just that: 

1. Enable easy accessibility

Your learners should be able to take their training on any mobile device, where possible, through an app that’s been built specifically for mobile usage. Whether it’s accessing your LMS through a browser on their phone or, for example, using the LearnUpon iOS app that’s easy to download and launch. Allowing for such accessibility, means that no matter where your learners are, they can train.

mlearning iOS app

2. Make it micro

Not all training types suit mLearning. Take, for example, longer courses. If you’re a learner looking to train on mobile, it’s likely you just want to dip in and take a quick course. 

Microlearning is easily digestible and quick to do making it perfect for mobile courses. Courses can be anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes, suiting most people during their commute or while on-the-job. Microlearning is also useful if a learner has a short attention span or is unmotivated; if they know the module only takes 5 minutes, they’ll be more likely to complete it.

3. Keep it distraction-free

If you already have content for eLearning, this same content may not be suitable to use for mLearning. That’s because what works for one learning scenario may not work for the other and cause learners to become distracted. For example, if a learner is taking a course via their desktop, they’ve committed time to sit and learn. While, if they’re on the commute to work and log in to learn, anything could distract them; from meeting a friend, getting phone notifications, or simply becoming disconnected from the task at hand.

There are some LMS features you should use to keep your learners’ attention. Gamification allows you to award points for completing courses and create leaderboards to add some friendly competition to the training process. You can set clear goals, regular milestones and motivate learners by rewarding their achievements. By using gamification, your learners should be more excited about completing their training so they’re more engaged and less likely to become distracted by their Instagram feed. 

Video bookmarking is another brilliant LMS feature that helps keep learners on track. If your learner gets distracted and stops watching a video within a course, it’s bookmarked, so they can pick up exactly where they stopped watching when they return to it.

4. Responsive course content

Responsive content means that your courses are automatically resized and adapted for the screen it’s being displayed on. There’s nothing worse than an image or video being cut off or ‘clipped’ when viewed on the learner’s device, which may result in a drop in course engagement and completion. A good LMS will automatically make your content responsive for all device types. 

You can also use authoring tools to create courses that are specifically built for mobile learning. Tools like Adobe Captivate, Articulate Rise 360, and Gomo enable you to build responsive, mobile-friendly HTML content

5. Choose the right design

Course design impacts how your learner learns. And what works for desktop learning, doesn’t always work for mobile learning.

Tackle this issue by keeping the design simple. With mLearning, less is always more. Reduce longer course modules by chunking them into smaller, digestible modules

Images and videos are also a great way to break up the course content.  Learners are drawn to images and video, so having these accompanying text will increase learner attention. Remember to keep any images or video you use simple and to the point, though. Mobile screens are small and they need to be easy to see.

6. Learner-friendly navigation

As with course design, keep the navigation as simple as you can. Have easy-to-read fonts that indicate an obvious next step. For example, if your ‘next module’ button is small and doesn’t give clear, simple instructions, your learners may become confused, frustrated and more likely to quit the course.  

It’s also essential to have large buttons that can easily be tapped with a finger or thumb. If a button is too small, it makes it difficult for your learner to navigate through their training. This is a key consideration when investing in an LMS that supports mobile learning. Assess how clear the dashboard and navigation is on mobile before you buy, to ensure it will deliver the best learning experience for your audience. 

With mobile learning becoming more and more popular, it’s essential that organization’s get it right. With the right tools and mobile optimized course content, it’s a robust feature to add to your corporate training strategy. 

Are you already using mLearning in your training strategy? Or maybe you’re thinking of trying it out? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

 

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