With approximately 6 million tablets sold this year and more than 25 million smartphone users in France, it is safe to say that our user habits have changed as these small screen entertainment devices are fast becoming the focal point of internet usage. While mobile telecommunication techniques continue to grow, we are now able to consider a new type of approach to online training: Mobile learning (m-mobile). Today, mobile e-learning applications are enhancing the multimodal blended learning approach. How will learners benefit from using this type of training tool? And what about trainers?
Mobile Apps: obvious advantages
An application is very often more user-friendly than a mobile website. Users find them easier to use as browsing and content are purposely designed for mobile use. Simplicity is essential: applications can be downloaded from online stores (Apple store, Windows store and Google Play) while the most popular ones can be used in “offline” mode, which allows the user to access its content whenever or wherever they please, without requiring an internet connection. Therefore, this gives the learner the freedom to choose when they would like to take their course, as time is no longer an impeding factor. It is also vital to select an available application that is compatible with all types of “devices” (and thus all types of OS), ensuring compatibility with the learners’ mobile network.
Lastly, the most up-to-date mobile apps comply with distance training standards (SCORM) and enable us to carry out the same tracking of results as a traditional e-learning course.
An adapted approach to education
This educational approach has to be undertaken a little differently. Information must be concise, summarized and make an impact for it to be effective. Multi-tool based learning will involve shorter e-learning modules not only to deal with the problem of time constraint, but will also make learning more enjoyable through video and animation features.
By using this mobile app, a trainer can also benefit from new ways of teaching. For example, equipped with their tablet, trainers can readily transfer learning modules to their target learners, while working from a factory, store or meeting room.
Will m-Learning replace our traditional training courses?
Mobile learning is a useful training platform that complements the traditional training method. Digital mobile platforms are also well adapted for employees who are often on the go. However, it is unlikely that training would be carried out on this type of platform alone, as it should be used alongside other tools for an improved educational experience.