What’s the first thing anyone does when they want to learn about something these days? They pull out their mobile device and look it up on Google, Wikipedia, or YouTube.
Easy! What did we used to do?
We used to pore through books looking for answers. We attended seminars, sat through PowerPoint presentations or stared blankly at whiteboards. Not anymore: Mobile devices are now ubiquitous. Whether in the office, out on the road, or at home, we get all our information from them. Many organizations are increasingly realizing that mobile learning is the best and most cost-effective way to educate and train their front line workers. Mobile devices provide the lowest cost solution for accessing the right knowledge at the right time for the right job function. Because of the inherent agility of mobile phones, learner's can view material at times and in environments that are minimally invasive to their job functions. Certain learning methodologies, such as microlearning, have emerged as particularly effective solutions for training highly distributed workforces.
Microlearning delivers training in small, specific bursts that learners can access wherever and whenever they want. Microlearning modules are quick to deploy, can be accessed from almost anywhere in the world, and don’t take up much of the learner’s valuable time. Rather than having to be in a certain place at a certain time to receive training, learners can access their learning in real time. When workers engage more often with their safety training, injuries go down. Microlearning drives worker engagement because it is both easily accessible and highly relevant to their jobs.
Microlearning methodology fits perfectly with the way we use our mobile devices to consume and digest information. In particular, the larger touch screens are ideal for gesture and game-based interaction, which helps to stimulate our senses. When they work in harmony, technology and learning form a happy marriage with many benefits. However, just like a marriage, there are a few boxes you should check before tying the knot.
No matter your goals, here are 3 things to look for when implementing technology in your employee learning program:
Today’s learners want to be able to access their learning and support materials at convenient times and in environments of their choice. Apps are the easiest way to provide this service. At Worklete, we even deliver courses on how to use your device in the safest manner!
Have you had success using technology to train your employees?