Changing employee demographics and shrinking markets, are driving the need to train the modern workforce whenever and wherever needed. Today, it is crucial for employees to equip with the right kind of tools and competency to drive lucrative business outcomes. With an increasing use of personalized mobile devices, organizations are capable of imparting online training at the point of need.
Mobile learning is helpful when it comes to everything from product related training to sales training and compliance training. Today, most of the organizations want to train their personnel in the least possible time while driving optimal knowledge retention. Therefore, they deploy efficient Learning Management Systems (LMSs) which support mobile learning in the modern learning environment. Putting learning in the hands of people, whenever and wherever they need it, leaves a huge impact on the bottom line.
Mobile learning enables the workforce spread across different demographics to access training courses even on the go. Using a mobile LMS, employees can simply download the learning app on their smartphone or tablet and gain instant access to relevant training material. Let us discuss the essential features that an LMS should support to deliver a completely engaging mobile learning experience:
● The new-age workforce, owns smartphones or tablets and so they are always connected with each other at the workplace. The mobile learning approach is expected to rise as the smart watches and wearables become more pervasive in the today’s learning environment. For instance, a mobile LMS enables the learners to download the learning app and access e-courses at the point of need, even when offline.
● Learners use their personalized smart devices to access all types of information in minimal time. So, instead of manually accessing online content, an LMS can help the learners to get accurate information at their fingertips. For instance, a factory worker can quickly review the safety procedure before working on a heavy equipment in real life. This not only ensures workplace safety, but also increases employee productivity and knowledge retention, providing a competitive edge.
● Large organizations have different office locations with employees spread across different demographics. Irrespective of their locations, it is crucial for the organizations to train their workforce on different topics such as compliance, certifications and more. With the help of an LMS, timely notifications can be pushed on individuals’ personalized mobile devices through a common app, keeping learners updated- whether they are at home, in the office or on the go.
● There are several applications of using a QR code in mobile learning. Signs containing QR codes can help to orient new hires, impart knowledge on the company’s values, its vision and other relevant information. For instance, a worker can scan the QR code on his mobile phone to pull up information about a specific equipment. Also, sales employees can use the QR code feature to explore detailed information about a specific product before selling it to their customers.
In today’s ever-evolving digitized world, mobile learning is here to stay. As per the CGS 2017 Enterprise Learning Annual Report, 54% of the respondents are planning to increase their investments in mobile learning in the year 2017 and beyond. L&D departments are unleashing the potential of mobile LMSs by encouraging the modern workforce to leverage ample opportunities that mobile learning offers.
Suggested Further Reading: The 10 Must-Have LMS Features by Jill W.