eLearning al fresco: 6 mobile learning trends for 2019
They say the best things come in small packages. When it comes to motivating a team in the digital age, this may just be the case for your corporate learning too. Whether you’re looking at compliance training modules like fire safety and GDPR or organisation-specific learning such as company standards, breaking your training into bitesize chunks is becoming more and more important.
Microlearning and mobile
Enter microlearning: eLearning’s younger sibling. Smaller snippets of information often paired with visually engaging and mobile-friendly videos, microlearning is an important step for your organisation on the road to optimising your corporate learning strategy for 2019.
Gone are the days where mobile-friendly is simply a nice touch for the learning experience. With more and more time being spent on smartphones and tablets, both in and outside of working hours, a mobile-first LMS is a must. There isn’t anything in corporate training more prepared for the mobile revolution than microlearning, so it’s time to get on board.
Our predictions for 2019
With another year comes new corporate learning developments and as an L&D specialist, HR personnel, or a Line Manager, it’s important for you to keep your ear to the ground and keep tabs on what’s coming next. Microlearning is the most obvious next step, but there’s a lot of other things that factor into it too. So we’ve put together our top predictions for mobile learning in 2019.
1. Instant gratification
We don’t just mean a pop up that says you’ve completed your training. Instant gratification is something almost all of your learners will come to expect through their regular use of mobile devices and social media. Instant gratification comes into play in an LMS in multiple ways, including: instant and predictive search results, fast loading speeds, and frequent victories from the completion of bite sized microlearning courses. Think of these courses like a to do list: the smaller the items, the more of them will get ticked off, creating a greater sense of achievement in your learners.
2. Mobile-first LMS
If you really want your workers to take ownership of their learning and development, you need to put them in the driver’s seat. More and more organisations are investing in mobile-first LMSs because systems that are just ‘mobile-friendly’ are being left behind. Choosing a mobile-led LMS ensures your team can access both compulsory and optional training courses on-the-go, during their commute, or if they work off-site or away from an office environment.
3. Video-based Learning
Video has been a leading performer across social media for a couple of years now. The high levels of engagement with video across platforms like Facebook and Instagram have led LMS developers, like ours, to drive focus towards the importance of video-based learning. It’s a form that many of your learners will already be familiar with and with the addition of subtitles or optional audio descriptions, this form of content is also easy to adapt for accessibility.
Simplistic, cartoon-style videos are expected to have the biggest impact on learner engagement. It’s important to remember, however, that to keep your trainees’ attention, videos should be no longer than 4 minutes each.
4. Knowledge sharing and user generated content (UGC)
One of the most exciting developments in the corporate learning space is user generated content. A huge part of democratising your learning process, this is a great way to get your teams more involved in their own learning and development. UGC has been trending in the worlds of social and collaborative media for the last few years and mobile-first LMSs, like ours, are following their lead.
Whether your workforce want to share videos of their latest research finds, updates from their teams, or simply open up a discussion around your current training courses in the comments section, UGC is a great way to keep your workers engaged. This also contributes to further improving your workplace learning culture.
5. Using mobile to deliver formal training
On the whole, organisations are moving away from traditional classroom-based learning and this extends to formal training too. Tagging systems and bespoke course pathways enable your workforce to undertake a wide range of formal training on their mobile devices. Intelligent search capabilities are no longer a wish-list item for your LMS, they should be at the forefront of your priorities. Alongside providing a better user experience, this allows you to break formal training into bite sized chunks along a particular course. Not only does this support mobile learning, it also allows your learners to dip in and out of their training on a schedule that suits them.
6. Guided learning paths
Similarly, tagging and intelligent search capabilities allow you to create bespoke guided learning paths for your teams. Personalisation is proven to increase attention and engagement across a wide range of industries and platforms, so why should your LMS be any different? This personalisation comes in many forms, from suggested courses based on past training to clearly guided learning paths to encourage additional development within your workforce. Not only does this improve completion rates, it also holds your learners’ attention for longer due to the relevance of content you are producing for them as individuals.
We’re expecting a lot of technological developments in mobile learning throughout 2019. The more seamlessly you can integrate corporate learning into the lives of your workforce, the better your retention and completion rates will be. From user-led video uploads to feedback threads, we’ve got a whole range of exciting developments in the works for Kallidus Learn at the end of this year and into 2019, so keep your eyes peeled.
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