MLearning, or mobile learning, is becoming one of the most popular and necessary aspects of a corporate training strategy. But the most effective mLearning requires certain design and content considerations. MLearning is usually conducted using responsive courses, which change to suit whatever device they are being accessed from. Mlearning also takes into consideration how complex a course can be in order to appropriately complete on a mobile device. Instructional designers may find there are some types of learning that just won’t be effective on mobile devices.
In this article, we’re going to go over some statistics related to the importance of mLearning and why mLearning has become so ubiquitous in this day and age. Then we will provide some examples of mLearning that will give you an idea of some of the possibilities for how training can thrive on mobile devices.
Here are some of the most shocking mLearning statistics:
- In 2019, the number of mobile phone users is forecast to reach 4.68 billion
- 47% of organizations currently use mobile devices in their training programs1
- 70% of learners felt more motivated when training on a mobile device, as opposed to a computer2
- Smartphone learners complete course material 45% faster than those using a computer3
These mLearning statistics seem to add up to mobile learning being an effective, efficient tool for training that companies are getting onboard with. As we discussed in an earlier post with Jesse Tinsley, Founder and CEO of Job Mobz, companies might need mLearning soon in order to remain competitive.
If you aren’t yet using mLearning, ask yourself why. The needs of every company are different. But if you evaluate your current training strategy, you will likely find areas where availability of mLearning, either via a responsive website or mobile app, can benefit your learners.
Here are some mLearning examples from our. They were made using their authoring tool.
These three mLearning examples demonstrate three different types of mobile content:
- Text-heavy microsite
These are hardly the limits of content that you can use on mobile, but I’m hoping that they will help you see the ways that mobile can be an effective and – at times – ideal environment for learning. I’m hoping that you will also see that mobile is not a limiting environment. It’s as full of possibilities as every other kind of online learning.
These examples are also available in our guide “.”
Responsive Elearning Course
Thisdemonstrates how a responsive microsite can function as an effective elearning course. The webpage looks differently depending on how you’re viewing it.
This course is effective mobile learning because:
- The responsive page makes it easy to look at no matter what size screen you have
- It’s relatively short, making it easy to consume on-the-go
- It’s heavy on large visuals and infographics, which makes the information easy to read on a small screen
- Infographics are a great way to present data in a memorable way
This comic uses characters to act out a situation that the reader can learn from. It asks the reader to scroll through and click “continue” to get to the next page. A comic is a great medium for mobile learning because it’s already very visual and it’s natural to interact with comics on small devices. It’s reminiscent of memes or other images that millennials use to spread information that’s easy to read on any device.
This course is effective on mobile because:
- The design changes to look beautiful on any size screen
- The comic device provides a complete narrative that is fun and natural for learners to interact with on mobile devices
- The text is large and easy to read on small screens
- Comics are known for their high retention rates as a training technique
Responsive Fender Corporation History
This course goes over, the musical instrument manufacturer. This course is more complicated and contains a lot of text and pictures that needed to be broken up into multiple chapters. This course is a great example of how complex topics can be covered in a mobile learning course, too. The chapters are organized into a sidebar menu that is simple to toggle on and off so that learners can either navigate or focus on the information.
This course is effective for mobile learning because:
- The responsive design looks great on any size screen
- It breaks up the information into easy chunks that are simple to navigate
- The elements are relatively limited and simple so that it doesn’t crowd a mobile screen, despite the density of the information
- The progress numbers on the upper right show how much is left to go in the course, so a learner on mobile with a limited amount of time can know what she’s in for
These mLearning examples are beautiful, intuitive, and informative. They will enable learners to engage with course material on-the-go in a way that is reminiscent of the websites they already use on their phones and tablets. These examples don’t take away from the integrity of learning; they are just as useful – or more so – than desktop elearning.
We hope these mLearning examples will provide inspiration for the ways you can effectively present information on a mobile device. See if these ideas can serve as a starting point for introducing mlearning into your elearning strategy. Or, they can help you expand on and improve the mLearning you may already have in place at your company.
- Towards Maturity, InFocus Report: Mobile Learning at Work.
- Ferriman, Justin. 7 Random Mobile Learning Stats. LearnDash.
- Lynda.com. White Paper: The Benefits of Mobile Learning.