More and more organisations worldwide are investing in mobile learning. While some may dismiss it as simply a fad or businesses trying to keep with the times for the sake of it, there are real tangible benefits to shifting your strategy to mobile. From technological investment through to culture change in the workplace, there are a number of ways implementing mobile learning can maximise learning ROI in your organisation, and the first step is to invest in an adaptable mobile-friendly LMS.

Ongoing flexibility with technology

One of the first benefits of investing in a mobile-friendly LMS is that they provide a certain level of future proofing for your learning strategy. Already adapting to mobile phones and tablets, this technology provides far greater flexibility than their non-responsive counterparts.

The technical teams behind a mobile-friendly LMS should be equipped to handle a wide variety of technical conundrums, already prepared to roll out updates for their systems on a wide range of devices. In turn, this preparation on the technical front can mean that in the long term your upkeep costs are reduced which is the first step to maximising learning ROI with a mobile strategy.

Using learning to affect real change in the workplace

Moving to mobile is about so much more than the devices. Mobile learning can have a fantastic impact on the culture within the workplace. For example, when Kallidus worked with JYSK to implement mobile learning, they saw a fantastic shift in workplace morale and an increase in sales by shifting their view to sales processes.

The positivity of mobile learning is infectious, spreading real change throughout organisations. Learning and development as part of an employee’s working life-cycle are often the starting point for many more aspects of working life, including engagement, attitudes, and ongoing behaviours. Therefore, investing in mobile learning can make a real impact on things like sales and customer retention, leading to a greater ROI from learning in the workplace.

Offering flexibility for your workforce

The key to effective mobile learning is offering your employees flexibility. They can learn how they want, where they want and when they want. The anytime, anywhere philosophy of mobile learning enables your workforce to make workplace learning work for them in ways that simply weren’t possible before.

This flexibility typically leads to higher levels of learning engagement, greater use of the LMS, and all in all a greater ROI on learning initiatives. If you’re worried about how to get your teams on board with mobile learning, take a look at our introduction to launching learning in the workplace.

Making use of powerful, reliable reporting

Reporting can do an awful lot to shape the value and ROI of learning in the workplace. A mobile-friendly LMS with configurable reporting will allow you to stay on top of the results you need to and stay on track for both your L&D and organisation-wide KPIs.

With a mobile-friendly LMS comes mobile-friendly reporting, often in the form of dashboards. These also allow your management and L&D teams to keep track of progress on-the-go, taking away the paperwork, bureaucracy, and spreadsheets that can get in the way of valuable insights in older or paper-based systems.

Provide on-the-go and point-of-need training

One of the most important ways to improve the ROI of mobile learning is to make the most of the flexibility we mentioned earlier. One of the most vital parts of this is providing point-of-need training for your workforce, regardless of time or location. For example, an engineer may need a refresh on how to fix a specific model of a boiler or a sales rep may want an extra bit of training before going into a big meeting.

Providing this type of flexibility and learner-centric approach to workplace education is shown to increase productivity, learning engagement, trust in L&D, and use of the LMS. All in all, providing a fantastic contribution to improving the ROI of mobile learning.

Adapting to the needs and attention spans of modern learners

The natural counterpart to a mobile-friendly LMS is mobile-friendly eLearning content. Microlearning is eLearning content broken down into bite-sized chunks that last typically only a few minutes. Friendly to data usage as well as time constraints of the modern worker, microlearning is a fantastic way to adapt to the needs of modern learners.

In this mile-a-minute world, full of social media, notifications, emails, and a highly stretched workforce, microlearning allows your employees to fit learning into their schedules in small, easy to remember chunks. With higher learning retention and typically less time spent on the training itself, it’s a highly efficient way to conduct employee training.

Conclusion

A mobile-friendly LMS and the content that goes with it can have great implications for your learning and development ROI. From microlearning nuggets to the freedom and flexibility that mobile learning affords, this approach to workplace training typically leads to higher levels of learning engagement, a greater culture of continuous learning, and greater investment from your employees into their own learning and development.

All in all, mobile learning backed with an easy to use mobile-friendly LMS is a great way to maximise the learning ROI in your organisation.

This article was originally published on eLearning Industry.

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