With increasing affordability and capability of mobile devices, mobile learning is slowly but surely making its presence in corporate learning. This is not to say that mobile education is set to dismantle existing learning platforms of online learning or classroom trainings, but it can support and re-enforce learning by playing up its strengths. We bring forth some ways to deliver successful mobile learning.
1. Text-based: Short nuggets of textual information work best for the mobile platform.
- Classroom notes can be shared post an instructor-led session or an online learning session to enhance and re-enforce the learning.
- Further increasing learner-ease, Checklists can also be prepared for topics – highlighting the crux through tabulated pointers.
- Mini-lessons can be sent out, as practice assignments for learners to practice newly acquired skills outside of the class and hone them to perfection.
2. Podcasts: Audio is an element that works very well on the mobile platform. When reading is not a comfortable option, for instance while traveling, the learner can just listen to a podcast to learn on the move.
- Audio can be descriptive to help learners can deeper insights into a course or topic.
- Short podcasts can also be developed, that provide instantaneous knowledge at the time of need.
- In-house podcasts can be developed as tool of knowledge-sharing between peers. Higher management can also provide a morale boost for the entire team through a quick audio-recording.
3. Videos: Videos find an instant appeal among all learner-groups. In mobile learning, videos are increasingly gaining popularity as a means of delivering just-in-time learning.
- Short learning videos can be developed that encapsulate concepts or topics through a mix of minimalistic text and basic graphics.
- ‘To-Do’ videos can also be developed and shared – illustrating processes through images, graphics or simple animations that give a quick recap to the learner.
- Knowledge sharing videos can also be developed by the learners themselves and shared among a learner group.
4. Infographics: As in online learning, in mobile education too infographics have great utility, as they are easily created and can be easily disseminated.
- Infographics use graphics and minimal text to create visual representations of concepts, which works very well for mobile learning.
- The graphics can be made to suit changing screen-size in order to deliver the same learner-experience across multiple mobile devices.
- Most infographics are image-files can be saved or stored in the device and utilized as and when the need arises.
5. Mobile Games: Mobile based games provide the opportunity to learn, in an interactive and engaging manner.
- A variety of mobile-based games can be developed – created to hone skill, assess awareness or increase knowledge.
- Social games are very popular where learners are pitted against their peers and bring in the flavor of healthy competition.
- Simpler game-play and shorter game duration make them popular – especially among adult learners.