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6 WAYS TO USING A MOBILE LEARNING APPLICATION FOR BETTER TRAINING

Mobile learning is a reliable method of employee training that can be used either exclusively to train mobile workers or in combination with traditional training. This article shows 6 ways to be more involved and achieve better learning outcomes.

USING A MOBILE LEARNING APPLICATION TO TRAIN EMPLOYEES

Everyone loves the convenience that comes with an intuitive mobile application. We can shop faster, read the news or a book, play great games, chat, and even finish work faster. We're pretty attached to them.
 
The floor has already been prepared for you. One of the newest trends in mobile learning, mobile apps, can change the way people think about training. When you turn your mobile learning applications into a tool they enjoy using, learning will become a habit. Next, find 6 ways you can use your mobile learning applications to train employees to participate in training better and more often while learning more efficiently.
 
6 WAYS TO USING A MOBILE LEARNING APPLICATION FOR BETTER TRAINING

1. ADDITIONAL TO THE FORMAL TRAINING

Not every type of training is suitable for mobile use. For manual tasks, for example, employees must complete on-the-job training. And soft skills cannot be cultivated from scratch without role-playing. Still, there are several ways a mobile learning application can complement any formal training course.
Create a micro version of your course so staff can back up their learning with micro tutorial videos, infographics, and games. This simplified version of your formal training works as a study aid to help learners better understand the content.
 
You can also use the mobile learning applications for the assessment part of the course. Employees can often test and rate their knowledge with flash card quizzes and games instead of waiting for the one big assessment at the end of the course. After the training, use the mobile learning application to send course highlights or quick quizzes to staff. Repetitive spacing will refresh your memory and help you retain more information.

2. CREATE COURSE DISCUSSIONS

Course discussions play an important role in eLearning as they encourage learners to explore a topic further with their peers and thereby stimulate curious thinking. In addition, they help develop a sense of community and camaraderie that is often lacking in eLearning. It is no exaggeration to say that peer interactions change the way learners connect with their education and motivate them to stay on track.
 
Mobile apps in particular facilitate online discussions between learners, as they enable real-time communication. Learners are notified immediately when someone has started a new topic or left a comment on their post. This kind of immediacy is similar to informal chatting, which makes it so much easier for employees to participate in conversations.

3. ADD GAMIFICATION FUNCTIONS

Commitment is the key to learning. Learners retain more information when they are actively focused on the course and when they return to training frequently. It has been found that adding gamification features motivates learners and increases the benefits of engaging content. However, when properly used, gamification can have a deeper impact than simply creating competitiveness and motivation. It can help employees see a training topic in a new light.
 
Take compliance training, for example. On the one hand, you have your standard course with animated videos, simulations and quizzes. That's actually not bad at all. On the other hand, you have a gamified course with exactly the same content. This time, however, employees need to uncover a compliance violation that is going on within the company. And those who read the notes correctly and solve the case first deserve a badge! The element of storytelling and the reward will not only intrigue employees but help them understand why compliance training is essential.

4. OFFER JOB AIDS

Mobile learning is the most flexible way of delivering training, if at all. You would be remiss not to use your mobile learning application to deliver learning when it is needed. And how do you turn your mobile app into a repository with practical work aids? Create an intuitive design that allows staff to easily browse the course.
 
The first step is to structure the course intelligently. Break your course down into different lessons so that learners can get to the correct section almost instinctively. A nurse who wants to look up the side effects of some medications should be able to find relevant information under “Medications and Side Effects”, not “Newly Released Medicines”.
 
Then use clear visuals to help learners identify the information they need. For example, a map-based layout works better than a list. It is also important that the content you include be short and digestible as your reps won't have much time to process it. Infographics and micro-tutorial videos are the first choice.

5. COMMUNICATE MORE WITH YOUR LEARNERS

A smartphone and a mobile learning application combined offer you the perfect platform to communicate with your learners. Start sending pop-up notifications to alert them of course updates and notify them of course updates, or send quick tips and reminders to pick up their workout. You can also get employees to take new courses by sending them a taste of upcoming courses.
 
Frequent communication also improves employee engagement. Feeling part of the corporate culture plays a major role when it comes to motivating employees to engage in lifelong learning so that they can move into new, higher positions within a company. Therefore company events and news or even a company newsletter for larger companies should not be missing in your communication.

6. CHOOSE INTERCATIVE VERSUS PASSIVE LEARNING

Smartphones are great mobile learning devices because frequent screen interactions encourage more interactivity in your courses. And you need interactive content to avoid distractions and make the learning process more exciting and effective. For convenience, add interactions where learners click or swipe on the screen instead of typing.
 
A typical example of interactive content is video. This valuable educational tool provides the learner with an opportunity to interact with the screen, usually by asking them to choose a path or the correct answer. Other interactive activities include games, drag-and-drop quizzes, and flashcards. Just remember to add subtitles to your videos in case an employee wants to continue training while you drive.

CONCLUSION

If you don't want to choose between effectiveness and flexibility, invest in an LMS with a mobile app. With an LMS, you can create comprehensive courses for all of your training needs and offer your employees a lighter version on the mobile app with all the important information and activities they need.