Published: Jan 28, 2019
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Category: Learning

How Mobile Devices Can Transform Your Learning

Knowledge-building on the go and improved retention are a couple of the big benefits mobile devices can bring to your learning. In this blog post, we’ll touch on some of the sectors in which mobile learning is revolutionizing training, and highlight a few of the great advantages it gives you and your team.

At their worst, mobile devices distract us from work and take the blame for shortening attention spans. At their best, they dramatically enhance the way we work and make almost all aspects of learning easier. Used wisely, mobile devices are powerful tools. That's true whether you want to improve collaboration in the creation of eLearning courses or give learners just-in-time compliance information on the other side of the world.

The question now is not so much whether mobile devices should be a part of training programs, but more about how to fully realize their potential for driving organizational success.

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Creating a Mobile Learning Strategy

Global businesses can be complex, and each company has unique requirements. When you need to reach a worldwide workforce with high-quality training, mobile learning often offers the right solution.

In the healthcare sector, for example, smartphones have become mobile medical clinics that can be operated by anyone with an internet connection—and, increasingly, users working offline who have already downloaded the material they need.

In five years’ time, according to the chief clinical information officer of the National Health Service in the UK, mobile devices will take the burden away from the limited number of human specialists available to assess people. They will also empower people to look after their own conditions while providing information that’s ten times more precise.

This kind of technology could play an important role in reducing costs at a time when the funding shortfall faced by the NHS is expected to reach £30 billion by 2021. If the service makes savings of only 2%-3%, that gap will fall to £8 billion.

This is a quote: "In the healthcare sector, smartphones have become mobile medical clinics that can be operated by anyone with an internet connection."

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Employees Expect to Learn Through Mobile Devices

While the success with which mobile learning will be utilized remains to be seen in some industries, its prevalence among employees has already been a powerful force for change. One of the major reasons why employees fail to engage with learning is because it doesn’t meet their expectation of receiving content on mobile devices.

But forward-thinking companies are seizing the opportunity this presents. Technical solutions companies working in multiple countries, for example, usually want to offer several levels of certification to their technicians, who may be dispersed far and wide.

Rather than attempting to build skills through classroom-based sessions, a mobile training program can get the information learners need straight into their hands—without requiring the learners to converge on the same place, which might be hundreds of miles away in some cases.

This kind of distribution and access is increasingly the norm for learners, who are receptive to rising through the ranks by progressively gaining more qualifications as and when it suits their working pattern and lifestyle. Particularly if it’s linked to increased earnings.

At the same time, instructor-led training, which undoubtedly still plays an important role in learning, can be blended into training on mobile devices through videos and other multimedia across training modules.

Once this content has been created, it is always available to learners in the resources section of the program, giving learners the capability to revisit material at their convenience.

This is a quote: "A mobile training program can provide learners with the information they need without requiring them to converge in the same place."

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Choosing a Solution That’s Super-Secure

At PeopleFluent Learning, we understand that data safety is a major concern for organizations looking to provide a high-impact learning experience on mobile devices without compromising security. That’s why our award-winning offline-capable native mobile app uses Amazon Web Services, which is regarded as top of the range for security, reliability, speed, and delivery.

It’s all part of our best-in-class software and integrated learning and talent suites for highly-regulated industries, which we’re constantly developing to ensure market-leading learning management solutions for our customers.

Whether you want to revamp your existing mobile learning strategy or transform your training by reaching people on any device for the first time, we can help.

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