slowly come closer to the end of 2019, it’s that time of the year again to look
at what ‘was’ and what ‘will be’ in the year to come. Every year brings with it
a flurry of new trends, mostly driven by emerging technologies and innovations,
which transform employee training just a little bit every time.
With the global eLearning market on a growth trajectory and poised to touch $15.72 billion by the year 2021, it is up to organizations and L&D leaders to get ahead of the curve and start planning and strategizing to leverage the newer learning and learning technology trends for the coming year/s.
next few weeks, we will take a detailed and comprehensive look at what L&D
leaders must embrace and what they need to let go of in 2020 and beyond- be it
in terms of eLearning, learning delivery, employee engagement, new and emerging
technologies and more.
In Part 4
of this series we explored the role of Online Content Libraries in
modern learning. Today, we explore the rising value and continued dependability
of Mobile Learning and how L&D
leaders can leverage mobile devices to better engage their workforce.
The Rising Value of Mobile Learning
anything but surprising to learn that the value and importance of mobile devices
and telecommunication technologies isn’t fading anytime soon, if at all. More
and more people around the world find themselves immersed in their mobile
screens, feverishly scrolling and tapping away on all kinds of apps, social,
business, banking and what not. If this isn’t evidence enough, let’s glance
through some of these statistics.
figures indicate a rise in the number of smartphone users, with the amount of worldwide smartphone users expected to touch
3.3 billion (up 10% from 2018); and the world’s population of nearly
8 billion people means a penetration
rate of 42.8%. So, simply put, four in every ten people are currently using a
only reiterate an already established fact that mobile devices are now omnipresent,
and have become an indispensable part of our lives. And, just as everything has
been impacted by mobile, learning is no exception. Mobile Learning or MLearning made
a blockbuster entrance in the 2000s and has been a superstar of the ELearning
space since. Why? Because we use smartphones and other mobile devices all day
and night long for all kinds of work, so it only makes sense to use it for
part of the world’s mobile users also forms the global workforce, and for a
workforce that’s multi-device and mobile-friendly, their learning needs are also
mobile. There is no dearth of benefits of Mobile Learning and the modern
workforce prefers technologies that make learning more convenient and easier.
Here are some more stats to drive home the point.
to Towards Maturity-
a number of factors that have led to the rise in value of Mobile Learning,
especially the growing population of working-age Millennials and the growth of
gig economy. As more people leverage the option of working from the convenience
of their homes, coffee shops etc., it makes it critical for organizations to
deliver learning to where their employees are, which means anytime-anywhere and any-device learning. The gig economy has seen a rapid growth in the past decade,
making MLearning a solution almost tailored for this kind of workforce.
Mobile Learning is indispensible for Performance Support and helping employees with on-the-job support, just-in-time.
Mobile Learning provides continuous training support
even after training sessions are over or while the employee is in the
middle of a challenging professional situation.
essence, Mobile Learning is no longer a ‘good-to-have’ tool, but rather a ‘must-have’ for delivering training effectively to the workforce.
Role of Mobile Learning in 2020 & Beyond
adoption of Mobile Learning has been driven by a number of factors, and some of
these factors are sure to dominate the business landscape in 2020 and beyond,
pointing to Mobile Learning as a major trend.
With 56 million labor force participants aged 21 to 36 working or looking for
work, America has the largest pool of
millennials. But not just the Americas, latest stats around the world indicate
that millennials are set to rule the workplaces of 2020 and beyond. Having come
of age during a time of technological change, globalization and economic
disruption, the millennials possess a different set of behaviors and
experiences than other generations. They are the first digital natives and
their natural affinity for technology helps shape how they do or don’t do
things. And, Mobile Learning forms a huge part of their workplace.
increasing availability of high-speed Internet around the world, coupled with
wider mobile penetration has made mobiles truly ubiquitous and removed the
limitations on time, place and device. The traditional 9-5 work hour culture is
slowly giving way to flexi work schedules and freelance jobs (read The Gig Economy). So, it’s
critical now than ever to create better Mobile Learning experiences that
complement this workforce and make learning accessible wherever and whenever
of hardware, the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement has gained a stronger
foothold worldwide, with the BYOD market estimated to reach $367 billion by 2022. It has been
also reported that personal devices for work activities save employees more
time each day, providing an evident increase in productivity.
Mobile Learning in the form of a Mobile LMS Apps or a Multi-device Responsive LMS easily deployed on employees’ personal smartphones and
tablets can do wonders to their engagement and productivity.
almost common sense that the workforce of 2020 and beyond calls for training
and performance support to be delivered on their mobile devices; and mobility
in the workplace is more powerful and its applications in L&D continue to
gain a strong foothold.
Mobile Learning in your organization can be a critical decision as it has
multiple paybacks, from talent development to business outcomes. So, it’s about
time organizations adopt Mobile Learning and free-up their workforce from the
shackles of traditional learning methods now more than ever.
mobile learning insights by downloading our Mobile of Workplace Learning Infographic.
more about UpsideLMS’ Mobile Apps please visit https://www.upsidelms.com/mobile-learning-lms-app
Amit has played a key role in bringing an innovative approach to the traditional Learning Management System (LMS) and has been instrumental in putting UpsideLMS on the global map.With over two decades of work
experience across IT and eLearning, Amit has a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience in start-up management, project management, technology solutions consulting, and technology solutions architecting and development. At UpsideLMS too, Amit continues to wear multiple hats as the key idea generator for UpsideLMS' tech-ops team, a Sales and Marketing orchestrator, a learning technology solutions consultant for his clients and prospects, a sounding board of ideas for his team of experts and a mentor for all the function heads. All product offerings birthed and led by Amit, be it the Learning Management System or the Mobile Learning Apps, have been disruptors in the eLearning industry and ahead of their times.
Amit is an active contributor to the company's blog and many eLearning forums. He has been profiled by Learning Solutions, a leading industry publication and the official online publication of the eLearning Guild, for its 'Leaders in the Limelight' series. He distils his expertise and experience into articles, which are regularly published in leading L&D and HR publications across the world.
Amit has spoken at various L&D events in the US, has co-hosted webinars alongside leading industry experts and has authored eBooks on Learning Management Systems. He has served as a judge for the Brandon Hall awards in 2002 and 2004. Amit holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science (NIT–Kurukshetra) and a Masters in Business Administration (IIM – Lucknow).
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