How mobile devices can transform your learning

Knowledge-building on the go and improved retention are a couple of the big benefits mobile devices can bring to your learning. In this blog, we’ll touch upon some of the sectors in which mobile learning is revolutionizing training, and highlight a few of the great advantages it gives you and your team.

At their worst, mobile devices distract us from work and take the blame for shortening attention spans [1]. At their best, they dramatically enhance the way we work and make almost all aspects of training easier.

Used wisely, mobile devices are a powerful tools, whether you want to improve collaboration in the creation of eLearning courses or give learners just-in-time compliance information on the other side of the world.

A female commuter using a mobile device to access learning during her commute

Creating a mobile learning strategy

The question now is not so much whether mobile devices should be a part of training, but more about how to fully realize their potential for driving organizational success.

Global businesses can be complex, and each company has unique requirements. When you need to reach a worldwide workforce with high-quality training, mobile learning often offers the right solution.

In the healthcare sector, for example, smartphones have become mobile medical clinics that can be operated by anyone with an Internet connection – and, increasingly, users working offline who have already downloaded the material they need.

In five years’ time, according to the chief clinical information officer of the National Health Service in the UK, mobile devices will take the burden away from the limited number of human specialists available to assess people. They will also empower people to look after their own conditions while providing information that’s ten times more precise [2].

This kind of technology could play an important role in reducing costs at a time when the funding shortfall faced by the NHS is expected to reach £30 billion by 2021 [3]. If the service makes savings of only 2%-3%, that gap will fall to £8 billion [4].

Male scientist using mobile phone at laboratory

Employees expect to learn through mobile devices

While the success with which mobile learning will be utilized remains to be seen in some industries, its prevalence among employees has already been a powerful force for change. One of the major reasons why employees fail to engage with learning is because it doesn’t meet their expectation of receiving content on mobile devices. But forward-thinking companies are seizing the opportunity this presents.

Technical solutions companies working in multiple countries, for example, usually want to offer several levels of certification to their technicians, who may be dispersed far and wide. Rather than attempting to build skills through classroom-based sessions, a mobile training program can get the information learners need straight into their hands – without requiring the learners to converge on the same place, which might be thousands of miles away in some cases.

This kind of distribution and access is increasingly the norm for learners, who are receptive to rising through the ranks by progressively gaining more qualifications as and when it suits their working pattern and lifestyle, particularly if it’s linked to increased earnings.

At the same time, instructor-led training, which undoubtedly still plays an important role in learning, can be blended into training on mobile devices through videos and other multimedia across training modules.

Once this content has been created, it is always available to learners in the resources section of the program, giving learners the capability to revisit material at their convenience.

Choosing a solution that’s super-secure

At NetDimensions, we understand that data safety is a major concern for organizations looking to provide a high-impact learning experience on mobile devices without compromising security. That’s why Talent Slate 2.5, the new update to our award-winning offline-capability native mobile app, calls upon Amazon Web Services, which is top of the range for security, reliability, speed and delivery.

It’s all part of Talent Suite 13.2, the latest version of our software for highly-regulated industries, which we’re constantly developing to ensure it’s the market-leading talent management solution for our customers.

NetDimensions Talent Slate screens to show mobile learning for multiple devices

Whether you want to revamp your existing mobile strategy or transform your training by reaching people on any device for the first time, we can help.

To start making the most of mobile devices, contact us today.

If mobile learning is a priority in your organization, download our free Insight, ‘How to switch from a legacy system to a mobile LMS’, now.

SOURCES:
[1] New York Times Magazine, ‘Meet the Hackers’
[2] 
FT Magazine, ‘How smartphones are transforming healthcare’
[3], [4] Full Fact, ‘NHS ‘black hole’ – the size of the funding gap to 2020’

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