Mobile Learning vs eLearning: What is Better for Your Business?
One question that always arises in corporate: training: how can we make this accessible to everyone? From location concerns to age ranges, inclusivity is the first step to a positive and healthy learning environment.
The answer? Well, there isn’t just one. Firstly, you need to decipher what works best for your workforce: mobile leaning, eLearning, classroom learning, or blended.
Today, we are focusing on eLearning vs mobile learning.
To clear things up, let’s start with some definitions:
eLearning: learning conducted via electronic media, typically on the Internet via a desktop or laptop
Mobile Learning: education or training conducted on portable devices such as smartphones or tablets
At first look, it may seem like there’s not much difference between them. It’s just a case of computer or mobile-based learning, right? While that is true in some respects, there’s a lot that needs to go into the decision-making process when choosing what type of learning is right for your organisation. For example, are your employees primarily office or field-based? How healthy is your current learning culture? What scale are you training at?
Let’s take a quick look at what each form of learning and development has to offer on a broader scale.
eLearning: Primary Features and Benefits
The primary distinguishing feature of eLearning is that is takes place on computers as opposed to mobile devices. Perfect for office workers and those with access to computers on a regular basis.
Useful for systems training
eLearning is typically carried out on a larger screen than mobile learning, which makes it ideal for systems training and any large-scale simulations of technology within your business.
As eLearning is primarily designed for desktop, training typically has to be completed on-site or from a laptop at home. While this provides regular access to eLearning courses in the workplace, this can mean time and date-specific considerations need to be made for training. In some working environments, this training may have to be conducted in a specific place on designated laptops and desktops, such as at the back of a store.
Ideal for large-scale standardisation
Businesses based in multiple locations, like supermarkets and retail chains, really benefit from eLearning as it allows for simple business-wide standardisation of learning and development. This makes subjects such as fire safety standards, cash handling, and customer service easy to manage on a national (or international) scale.
Great for office-based managers
If your management teams have regular access to computers with the internet, eLearning is a fantastic L&D solution. Kallidus Learn provides in-depth reporting for line managers and HR teams alike, allowing you to track the progress of your employees.
Accessible and inclusive
eLearning is great for accessibility and inclusivity among a broad range of ages and digital literacy. While our systems are intuitive and easy-to-use across all devices, eLearning removes the need to train your staff on the use of mobile devices which may not come easily to everyone.
Computer-based learning can also more accessible for those with visual impairments or motor issues that may affect their hands such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Mobile Learning: Primary Features and Benefits
Mobile phone or tablet-based learning
This provides access to learning and development anytime, anywhere, really allowing your teams to push forward with their training and progression through initiative and flexibility.
Ideal for compliance training
Compliance training, as opposed to system simulations and wide-scale cultural values, can be implemented in bite-sized chunks, making it ideal for the smaller screens and lower-level interactions of mobile devices.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) education
One of the more exciting developments of mobile learning is the introduction of BYOD learning. This can save your business time and money on equipment as well as allowing your team to develop using devices they are already familiar with.
Flexibility for field-based workers
When you have team members who work in the field, remotely in other parts of the country (or another country altogether), or in a less office-based environment like a warehouse, shop floor, or on the road, it can be difficult to set aside time for computer-based training. Mobile learning removes the need to take them away from their standard working environment and complete training on-the-go.
Seamlessly integrate learning into your teams’ lives
Whether on their commute to work or travelling to a meeting, mobile learning enables your team to make the most of their time and engage in learning and development at any time. Chances are, mobile devices are already a part of their lives. Mobile learning empowers them to develop and learn because they want to, not because it’s a requirement.
Encourage positive learning cultures
Putting learning and development at the fingertips of your employees is a fantastic way to encourage a healthy training environment and change your business’ learning culture to one of initiative and self-motivated development. Want proof? Take a look at our mobile learning case study below.
eLearning and Mobile Learning in Action
It’s one thing for us to tell you what works and what doesn’t, it’s another to understand the value that these learning technologies have brought real businesses. We believe in learning and development that goes beyond simply training your employees. L&D is a source of empowerment.
Looking for real-life examples? Explore a couple of case studies below.
Birketts: eLearning and continuous professional development (CPD)
There is no one size fits all solution. Every company and corporation we work with has different requirements. Birketts law firm, for example, use Kallidus Learn to focus on CPD – a requirement of personal and career development within their field.
Provident: Putting flexibility in the hands of field workers
With 50,000 employees serving 2.5million customers across websites, branches, and call centres, Provident needed a learning solution that would work for everyone. Of their initial roll out to 5,000 employees, 4,000 of them were mobile or remote workers. Due to our mobile-friendly interface and focus on ease-of-use, their completion rates shot straight up and the results speak for themselves.
We’ve taken a look at the benefits of each side on a broad scale and how they’ve impacted real businesses. From remote flexibility to international standardisation, there’s a lot to consider on both sides.
Want to know more about how mobile learning can impact your business?