mLearning (Mobile Learning) is the Future.
The inception of the Internet forever altered education and how it’s learned and taught. The boundless accessibility of mobile computing devices is evolving learning once again. This limitless contemporary way of learning enables companies to appropriate mLearning in the application of training employees in a quicker, more efficient and cost-effective manner. The mLearning revolution is here and touted as the next “big thing” in learning techniques.
mLearning stands for mobile learning. It has become an innovative standard in learning that combines eLearning with the flexibility of mobile electronic devices utilized in this fast-paced environment. mLearning allows eLearning to be further applied in mobile settings to keep up with this ever-evolving, technological world. mLearning enables learning to be faster and more effective. Like eLearning, mLearning is highly collaborative, encouraging active participation among users. This allows instant feedback and ideas to be shared. Users can learn essentially anywhere and at any time via a mobile device. Since most mLearning courses can be downloaded, Internet connectivity is not an issue.
From the advent of the Internet, industries have been searching for more innovative and faster ways to teach groups of people in a cost-effective way. eLearning was incepted to do just that. mLearning has become the new way to eLearn because of the large accessibility to the Internet through various mobile devices including smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, and laptops. According to the Gartner Group, in 2013 smartphones have surpassed the computer as the most common Web access device worldwide. The tablet, with sales over 154 million units this year, has furthered the case “for going mobile.” The International Data Corporation indicated that 75% of the US workforce is already mobile with an expected 1.3 billion workers by 2015.
75% of US workforce is already mobile.
Companies are following this trend and moving toward mLearning as the new precedence in learning. The US is the leader in mLearning followed by Japan. The worldwide market for mLearning products is anticipated to surpass $9.1 billion by 2015 (Ambient Insight Mobile Learning Market Forecast). This move to mLearning makes it so much easier to learn without the use of desktop computers.
The evolution of video will soon turn a simple webpage obsolete. The links that a webpage would have provided will be incorporated into the video itself and be entirely interactive to the user. Interactive video and clips have been around for years, but the recent need for the video to be instantaneous and to be able to be utilized on mobile devices is new. This form of learning paved the way for mLearning. The most popular Web search engine is YouTube. The reason for this is the information does not have to be read, but is presented in video format, short and to the point, and allows for a greater interest in subject matter. People enjoy watching videos and learning is effective in video use. This type of learning not only incorporates seeing, and hearing, but also an interaction that only moving video can provide. The popularity of YouTube is large. The site has a viewership of a quarter-million per second. Four billion hours of YouTube videos are viewed monthly.
Though mLearning has been around for awhile, many of its important uses have not seen their true potential. Going back to YouTube, mobile devices represent viewership of one billion videos a day. So it is evident that people enjoy watching and learning from videos and they do so more frequently on mobile devices. In 2012 an ASTD research report found mLearning videos were third in the chosen formats for learning. Interactive learning, in which the viewer does not passively watch the video, but interacts with it on their mobile device is becoming quickly popular and is proven as an effective way of retaining subject matter.
Imagine bringing that type of interactive learning to your company in a cost-efficient, effective way. ROI can be higher, your employees can be more educated in their respective subject matter, learning can be quicker, and time and money does not need to be wasted on teaching the same courses over again. One course can be developed and the employees can be trained off-site anywhere an Internet connection is available or download the course and not need Internet access. mLearning will lead to your company having a decrease in training costs, more thorough learning process, and continuously situated learning support. mLearning is becoming the next big thing in the eLearning environment. Cost-effective and efficient learning needs these key components: have deliverable content, maintain attention of user, utilize realistic and consequential examples, model skills, incorporate review, provide essential feedback, and allow a check system for mastery of the subject matter or needed repetition.
The future of mLearning is endless.
The impact to your company’s profitability and bottom-line cost is substantial. LearnSmart provides employees the ability to work offline while commuting, on vacation, or waiting between meetings. LearnSmart’s 5-star rated iPad app enables users to download course content directly to their iPad instantaneously. Once a training course is downloaded, it can be accessed anywhere, so learning can occur anywhere and at any time. With this continual changing face of education, it’s imperative to keep pace with technology. Allow LearnSmart to create an mLearning solution for your organization and utilize this cutting-edge technology while staying ahead of the competition. Call us today at 1-800-418-6789 to create a mLearning solution for the future of your business.