There can be a skepticism amongst business executives with regards to the potential of courseware to help their employees become better-trained. While you look into implementing mobile learning courses, you should also understand why it is best suited for your employee training strategies.
What is Mobile Learning?
Mobile learning broadly refers to the ability to access or deliver learning content on personal mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Essentially, there are two kinds of M-learning, both of which can be delivered in two different ways. They include:
- E-Learning Courses: Traditional classroom courses adapted for mobile devices.
- Performance Support Content: This provides training resources on a needs basis.
The two modes of deployment are the mobile optimized website and native mobile apps. The mobile optimized website allows for the access of the online training resources, usually via a web browser using HTML5 on you mobile device. The native mobile app is a course that is accessed via an app like Articulate Player on an Android or iOS device.
Advantages of Implementing E-Learning
The primary benefit of e-learning for your business is that it gives employees immediate access to the required learning material. You add courses that are mobile-ready and your employees will have access to training resources whenever and wherever they need them. Furthermore, you also get more retention of learned content as it allows e-learning platforms to present easy, prompt and repeated use of training resources, necessary to counter human memory limitations.
How to Implement E-Learning
Advances in course development software make developing mobile-ready courses easy. In fact, with most current releases of this software it is the default behavior. If mobile learning is ideal for your organization, you will want to implement it by creating a three point mobile training strategy. This strategy is further outlined below:
- Audience: You will need to assess whether your intended audience will benefit from e-learning resources. Do you have a remote workforce that will necessitate point of need training? Is the technical workforce savvy? Will the workforce find performance support functionality useful, even if it is not remote?
- Content: Here, you will need to choose one of the two types (courses vs performance support) of mobile learning. Doing a combination of the two might be disastrous. You will also have to decide on what you intend to achieve with your content, how you will measure it, as well as what success will look like.
- Platform: You will need to decide on the ideal platform with regards to what your audience will have access to, as well as the types of content you intend to deliver. The platform may include smartphones or tablets, with the appropriate operating system. You will also have to choose between the two delivery methods for your desired platform – native app or a web app for a great online training delivery.
After you are done figuring out your strategy, it is time to create content or optimize your existing content for mobile. While there exist a few off-the-shelf products specialized for e-learning, there are development tools such as Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate with which mobile content can be developed easily.
In deploying content, you can publish the web app for educational content, meant for boosting performance, to your website and ensuring your trainees have the URL to access the online training course. If it is a native app, you can submit it to the various app stores, or adopt a service to disseminate it yourself in-house. For course contents that need tracking, you can deploy it via your preferred Learning Management System. It is imperative that you test to ensure that your app is functional and can be accessed across a wide range of platforms.
It’s easy to see that implementing mobile e-learning in your organization is a good idea. Companies like Oracle, Domino’s, and Home Depot already use mobile e-learning to give their management the upper hand in educating those they manage. If your company is leaning towards mobile e-learning, you will be able to see that management can easily use it to train employees through the various implementing strategies, all the while generating and delivering the best content.