You’re at the dentist’s, waiting to be called in. You dawdle in the queue at the amusement park for your turn on the ride. You wait in line to get your COVID-19 shot. Do you stare into space, observe people, or whip out your cell phone and browse?
We can bet most of you picked option three. The average time spent on a mobile phone (not including talking on the phone) is 4 hours, 23 minutes each day.
But it’s not all bad. 75% of people say their smartphones help them be more productive. After all, we turn to our phones for everything—shopping, directions, weather forecasts, social media, photos, games, and finding answers to our questions.
Mobile learning, also known as mLearning, has found a spot on that list. 43% of organizations use mobile applications to put learning, quite literally, in the palms of our hands. Mobile learning is here to stay, thanks to the flexibility and convenience it provides. While some mobile learning programs might cause absent-minded scrolling, the best ones put collaboration and interactivity at their core to engage learners.
Mobile learning allows you to access learning content from your phone at your convenience. This includes listening to an educational podcast while you cook, reading learning material during a commute, or working through a training course while on a field job.
A super-important sixth C has arrived on the scene:
Mobile learning isn’t just worthwhile for learners. It is a game-changer for organizations, too. 72% of companies report that by embracing mobile learning, they have become more responsive to marketplace changes. It is cost-effective and enables quick distribution of learning material by sending it to devices already in use.
61% of employees lean on their personal mobile devices to learn. Mobile learning capitalizes on our attachment to our phones and gives learners the opportunity to learn anywhere, anytime. Half of “deskless employees,” for example, prefer completing training at home, on a break, or during a commute.
Mobile learning enables learners who work remotely and who are in the field to access updated courses and new training on the fly. This can be for example useful for sales reps or retail workers who need the latest information to close sales calls, as they can view updates on their phones on the go. A mobile app like 360Learning’s enables you to:
Mobile learning doesn’t have to be one-way streaming from a mobile device. The current workforce especially prefers working in groups and connecting with experts and coworkers to learn collaboratively. A mobile learning app built with collaborative capabilities can make learning engaging and raise your training completion rates. Here’s how:
With the right tool, mobile learning fosters deeper collaboration among learners by utilizing features they’re already used to, like Reactions, the ability to comment on courses, and taking courses together. When learners learn in groups, it makes the workplace collaborative and gives employees a sense of connection, especially in a world recovering from a pandemic.
Mobile learning doesn't have to be mindless scrolling. You can design mobile learning to take advantage of unique mobile app capabilities and make learning challenging and lively.
Here’s how mobile learning makes training fun:
Mobile learning works best when bite-sized. When learners bump into a work-related problem, mobile learning puts the answer in their pocket, and packaging it in rapid, bite-sized chunks (microlearning) is icing on the cake. In fact, microlearning improves focus and long-term retention by as much as 80% because it isolates one problem and provides a specific answer. Compared to an hour-long training session, it gives learners one single nugget that's useful at the moment.
Mobile learning is also customizable according to user preferences and needs. Courses can be created using a variety of formats, and learners can access them based on their own choices.
Mobile learning facilitates learning in a continuum, and that presents massive advantages for employees and organizations. It is not surprising the mobile learning market is set to cross $55 billion by 2026. Organizations need to embrace mobile learning to remain competitive in a technologically agile market.
To learn more about how 360Learning supports mobile learning, check out our Field Training page, here.