Why Microlearning And Mobile Learning Is an Essential Combination in Today’s Age For L&D

In a modern world driven by app-based technologies and workplace applications, mobile is an essential device. A Deloitte report states that “consumers today check their smartphones with an almost round-the-clock regularity. Consider that more than one-third of consumers worldwide said they check their phone within five minutes of waking up in the morning.” With mobile becoming the device of choice for e-Commerce, entertainment, IoT, Virtual reality and more, organizations are now opting for more flexible and accessible learning models supported by smart devices too.

Mobile Learning, as it is known has been gaining popularity. However, as with everything else, the everyday presence of a mobile device may not be enough to ensure that it passes along the essence of learning.

 The Presence & Essence

The mobile device has essentially become a part of the day-to-day routine, so much that people cannot make do without it at times. With the widespread acceptance of BYOD, mobile devices also established a place in the workplace and hence the growing need for mobile-based learning or Mobile learning. Mobile Learning facilitates anytime, anywhere learning, better outreach at a lower cost, provides high accessibility, improves social interaction by flexibly becoming a part of diverse learning environments and the ability to enable a personalized learning experience.

As a whole, the presence of mobile learning has been established with organizations opting for mobile compatible LMS or knowledge management systems, the increase in social media integration, and the growth of activities like file sharing- text, images, and videos included.

Herein lies the question, does all of that make effective Mobile Learning? Or does the strategy have to be more targeted, more specific and tailored to suit the capabilities of the device?

To answer this, let’s identify what we normally use a mobile device from a learning perspective? Checking the emails, texting, Tweeting, and surfing through social media like Instagram, Facebook, etc. right? Short Tik-Tok and Facebook videos have been all the rage during the past year. Deriving from the routine activities it is evident that the interactions with social media applications often tend to be restricted to short bursts at a time.

For learners who are have been acclimatized to learn from instructors, textbooks, and undertake in-house on-the-job training, moving to Mobile learning is a gradual change. However, unlike eLearning converting the existing content to mobile compatible format isn’t the way out for mobile learning to be successful. Cramming everything to be accessed on the small screen can even kill the effectiveness of learning. Mobile learning is not just about the everyday presence of the device, but about how it is leveraged to bring in the essence of learning.

This is where MicroLearning comes in. The learning model that breaks down information into small-bite sized nuggets. Microlearning often uses multimedia elements to get simple concepts across and the ease of use and interactivity is the key to effectiveness in terms of learning.

To put it simply, Microlearning can act as the essence of Mobile Learning. So, why is Microlearning And Mobile Learning an Essential Combination in Today’s Age For L&D?

  • Learning Flexibility & Time management
  • Improved Learning Experience
  • Good utilization of Gamification, Videos and other Media elements
  • Performance Support & performance improvement
  • Better Completion rates
  • Scope for Reinforced learning
  • Learning implementation

Together MicroLearning and Mobile Learning allow learners to experience something personalized and to-the-point. While the learner can use the smartphone to access short courses or activities, they can also continue to perform their job functions without breaking off the flow. In addition, they can also look for essential information at the point of need and communicate with peers if they happen to need an extra push.

Well-designed microlearning module(s) for mobile learning can be highly effective, but that depends on the target audience too. So, from an L&D perspective always start by understanding what the learners need. And if you need assistance in doing so, just drop us a message.

Author:
Hands-on, dynamic and energetic executive, Amol has a multi-year experience in diverse technology industries and functions, in both Sales and Marketing and Operations. Engineer by graduate and an MBA professional, he started his career in 2004 as a Regional Sales Manager for one of the largest US MNC based out of India continues to live his passion for sales till date. Currently an eLearning and LMS consultant and & Board Member of Knowzies Technology Solutions, his responsibility is to manage the company's growth in the Americas, India and APAC, and encourage its Global expansion through his network of 1000+ qualified Elearning and SaaS experts. Amol is a serial blogger and a have delivered many webinar’s in his past engagements. He likes to write largely about latest eLearning technology trends, mobile learning, and learning technologies. His passion for eLearning makes him the perfect blend for designing solutions for large enterprises especially where the cost is the constraint. Prior to his current venture, Amol had a blast leading the International Business Operations for various leading LMS and eLearning organisations globally. Amol successfully managed a talented pool of professionals and partner companies (Channel network implementation) enabling the acquisition of many leading enterprises. A solid credo in business ethics and knowledge sharing are its key business drivers. He is what the Urban Dictionary would call a straight shooter, enjoys playing cards on the table and doesn't deal with fuss. Big in creating new connections and value to its network (because the network is quite everything), he is hungry for innovation and falls in love for true out-of-the-box thinkers. Cricket and food are superior passions. Loves the family and is blessed with two happening daughters and a caring wife. Over weekends you will find him in kitchen experimenting with new dishes. In case of any queries, you can reach to him on amol@knowzies.com.

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