There’s a reason why more and more companies are pumping money into mobile learning technology and mobile app development year after year. Mobile apps are one of the hottest mobile learning trends driving the market today.
1. Flexibility of Usage (For Learners).
According to a survey, people spend 30 hours a month on average on mobile apps. They have become part and parcel of people’s lives because of the flexibility and ease of looking up information that they offer. The power of mobile apps can be leveraged to offer training to learners even when they are not connected to internet.
2. High Completion Rates.
The anytime, anywhere flexibility that mobile learning technology and mobile apps offer help learners take the training when they “want to” rather than “have to”; thereby resulting in higher completion rates.
If you’re a smartphone user, you’d know that pretty much everything you do –dropping in a message to someone, hunting for a restaurant nearby, getting your daily scoop of news, and so on– is through apps. The formats of mobile apps and mobile learning technology for learning are remarkably different from traditional eLearning.
4. Appeal to Millennials.
We spoke about people spending 30 hours every month on mobile apps. When it comes to millennials, the number of hours spent on mobile apps shoots up to 90. Millennials love mobile apps and these survey figures second that. If you’re looking at creating engaging learning experiences for millennials and mobile apps aren’t on your list yet, you’re missing out on something big time!
5. Easy to Push Updates.
Mobile apps are extremely user-friendly and offer organizations the flexibility to easily push updates.
6. Enable You to Further Leverage Trending Approaches.
From the social media platform you visit most frequently, to your favorite game on your mobile device, they all come packaged as mobile apps. Here’s a huge cue you can take to enhance the impact of your training using mobile apps. You can leverage further on trends like micro learning, social learning, and gamification.
7. Can Be Adapted to Varied Training Needs.
You can craft mobile apps for learning to address varied training needs including compliance, soft skills, products, and change management.
8. Can Be Used for Performance Support.
Mobile apps are designed to offer “just-in-time” information. They are ideal for Performance Support intervention and can directly influence the organizational mandate to push the learning acquisition to its application on the job.
9. Can Be Used as A Supplement to ILT/Blended Training.
You can support ILT or blended delivery through assets (pre/post work-shop) or Performance Support Tools. An intervention like this will show a drastic gain in application of gained knowledge on the job.
10. Positive Impact On ROI On Your Training Spend.
By improving the learner reaction, learning gain, and finally its application on the job, mobile apps for learning will provide a demonstrable gain on ROI.