Microlearning and mobile devices are a natural fit. But how can you create bite-sized mobile learning experiences that achieve the desired outcome in a fraction of the time? In this article, I'll share 6 tips to design easily digestible bite-sized online training content for mobile learning.
Training a globally dispersed workforce is a challenge with differences in time zones and the need to train employees at the speed of need, simultaneously. Technology has evolved to cater to current corporate training needs. Read this article to know about a few technology-enabled learning solutions.
In today's world mobile devices are an integral part of our lives. There is a need for delivering learning content to your workforce on their own devices, so that they can access it anytime, anywhere. In this article, we are going to briefly suggest on how to get started with mobile learning .
If you have Adobe Captivate on an Apple Mac and an iPhone / iPad, you may very well know that you can capture iPhone and iPad screen activity directly into Captivate.
We want to show you how you can capture Android mobile screen activity using Captivate and an app called Airdroid, all for free.
There may be other apps that allow you to do this, however, we found that capturing the Android screen from the desktop gave more flexibility when recording the screen, allowing you to either capture in Video Demo mode or Software Simulation mode from within Captivate.
First, you’ll need to download the Airdroid app from Google Play Store:
Airdroid on Playstore
Once you’ve entered the relevant sign- up details (no credit card required), visit the http://web.airdroid.com home page on your desktop browser.
Airdroid web page
Launch the Airdroid app on your phone, and pressing the square icon as directed will allow you to connect using a QR code.
Connecting your device to Airdroid via QR code
Once you’ve connected the device to the desktop Airdroid, select the Screenshot icon on the desktop.
Select the Screenshot icon
You will get a notification on your device that Airdroid will start capturing everything that’s displayed on your screen. Just press “Start Now”
Airdroid Start Capturing
You will then see your device screen appearing on your desktop. You still operate the phone as is, and the screen on the desktop will mimic what is happening on the phone.
Device screen displayed in desktop browser
Launch Captivate if you haven’t already done so, and select either Video Demo or Software Simulation.
(NOTE: if you select Software Simulation, you will need to manually trigger the screenshots in Captivate as the mouse is not being used, therefore Captivate can’t automatically capture each screen)
Once Captivate’s red select rectangle appears, resize to cover the device screen, as shown.
Click “record” in Captivate when ready!
Ready to record
When you have captured the screen, continue to work as you would with a normal screen capture. Shapes, buttons, text captions can all be added to enhance the demo.
Please also note that device gestures aren’t highlighted, so you will no doubt need to add shapes and callouts to help direct the learner.
Mobile screen ready to edit
Airdroid does also have the ability to screen record your screen directly via the app, however you will still need to get the video off the phone in to Captivate to add further functionality and make ready for an LMS.
There you go, you can capture an Android device using Adobe Captivate, and all for free!
We would love to hear if you have any other suggestions for capturing Android device screens using Adobe Captivate.
Mobile apps are increasingly being seen as the future of learning. Popularity of mobile devices and widespread adoption of mLearning or mobile learning is providing them the required push. In this article, I outline 10 reasons why your learning strategy must include mobile apps for learning.
Why You Need To Use Mobile Apps For Learning In Your Learning Strategy
Before deep-diving into the reasons why you should integrate mobile learning trends such as mobile apps for learning in your learning strategy, let’s take a quick look at 3 important, basic aspects (What, Why, and How):
What: What are mobile apps for learning?
Why: Why you should invest on them?
How: How exactly can they be integrated into your learning strategy?
What Are Mobile Apps For Learning?
Mobile apps are a type of delivery format designed for offline viewing of Learning material for learners on mobile devices. Although the course needs to be downloaded to the device first using internet connection, it can be accessed without internet access from the mobile device for subsequent visits once the course has been downloaded to the device. Internet access is also necessary when it comes to tracking of learners’ progress via Learning Management Systems.
People are increasingly taking to mobile apps and the number of mobile app downloads that take place every year justifies that. According to a report, the number of mobile apps forecasted to be downloaded worldwide in 2017 stands at a whopping 2.6 million! It comes as no surprise that mobile apps for learning are an area you must invest on.
What Are The Advantages Of Using Mobile Apps For learning?
There’s a reason why more and more companies are pumping money into mobile learning technology and mobile app development year after year. Mobile apps are one of the hottest mobile learning trends driving the market today. According to reports, the global annual revenue generated by mobile apps will be $70 billion by 2017. The format comes with a host of benefits after all.
Some of the benefits of mobile apps are:
Ideal for people looking for information on the move.
Suited for online as well as offline viewing.
Immensely popular with Millennials.
Facilitate higher completion rates.
Provide access to just-in-time information.
Ideal for performance support.
How Can You Use Mobile Apps For Learning To Uplift Your Existing Learning Strategy?
Mobile apps are a good fit for both formal as well as informal training.
They can be used to offer bite-sized formal training or supplement formal training.
When it comes to informal training needs, they are an ideal platform to offer Performance Support. They can be used as Performance Support Tools (PSTs) and embedded in the learners’ workflow. If they are made available to learners on their mobile devices, there will be greater chances of them using them for just-in-time information and on-the-job support.
There are many ways to integrate mobile apps for learning into your learning strategy. Specifically:
For primary learning (formal training).
Mobile apps can be used for formal training in the form of short learning nuggets and the nuggets could be part of a learning path
As a supplement to formal training.
They can be used as pre- and post- assessments for formal training (online or blended).
They can also be used to showcase videos, examples, and scenarios to reinforce learning.
At EI Design, we have used mobile learning technology and mobile apps for learning for both formal learning as well as a Performance Support Tool. You can gain further insights on these through my previous articles:
How to boost your workforce performance with mobile apps.
How can you use mobile apps for microlearning-based training.
Now, let’s see why it makes business sense to invest in mobile learning trends and integrate mobile apps for learning to enhance your current learning strategy.
Why Are Mobile Apps For Learning The Right Fit For Your Learning Strategy?
Here is my list of 10 reasons why mobile apps are the right fit for your learning strategy:
1. Flexibility Of Usage (For Learners).
According to a survey, people spend 30 hours a month on average on mobile apps. They have become part and parcel of people’s lives because of the flexibility and ease of looking up information that they offer. The power of mobile apps can be leveraged to offer training to learners even when they are not connected to internet.
2. High Completion Rates.
The anytime, anywhere flexibility that mobile learning technology and mobile apps offer help learners take the training when they “want to” rather than “have to”; thereby resulting in higher completion rates.
If you’re a smartphone user, you’d know that pretty much everything you do –dropping in a message to someone, hunting for a restaurant nearby, getting your daily scoop of news, and so on– is through apps. You’ve ditched your traditional SMS and switched to WhatsApp messaging for a simple reason that it’s far more lively and engaging and comes with a host of features. The formats of mobile apps and mobile learning technology for learning are remarkably different from traditional eLearning. They provide very high engagement to learners thereby increasing recall and retention manifold.
4. Appeal To Millennials.
We spoke about people spending 30 hours every month on mobile apps. When it comes to millennials, the number of hours spent on mobile apps shoots up to 90. Millennials love mobile apps and these survey figures second that. If you’re looking at creating engaging learning experiences for millennials and mobile apps aren’t on your list yet, you’re missing out on something big time!
5. Easy To Push Updates.
Mobile apps are extremely user-friendly and offer organizations the flexibility to easily push updates.
6. Enable You To Further Leverage Trending Approaches.
From the social media platform you visit most frequently to your favorite game on your mobile device, they all come packaged as mobile apps. Here’s a huge cue you can take to enhance the impact of your training using mobile apps. You can leverage further on trends like microlearning, social learning, and gamification.
7. Can Be Adapted To Varied Training Needs.
You can craft mobile apps for learning to address varied training needs including compliance, soft skills, products, and change management.
8. Can Be Used For Performance Support.
Mobile apps are designed to offer “just-in-time” information. They are ideal for Performance Support intervention and can directly influence the organizational mandate to push the learning acquisition to its application on the job.
9. Can Be Used As A Supplement To ILT/Blended Training.
You can support ILT or blended delivery through assets (pre/post work-shop) or Performance Support Tools. An intervention like this will show a drastic gain in application of gained knowledge on the job.
10. Positive Impact On ROI On Your Training Spend.
By improving the learner reaction, learning gain, and finally its application on the job, mobile apps for learning will provide a demonstrable gain on ROI.
You can also take a look at this video to see why mobile apps are the right fit for your learning strategy:
I hope this article triggers a re-evaluation of your existing learning strategy and helps you leverage on mobile learning trends such as mobile apps for learning. If you have any queries or need support on integrating mobile apps for learning into your learning strategy, do contact me.
Date: Tuesday, September 26th (Australia/New Zealand/APAC)
Time: 11 am (Australian EST) / 1 pm (NZ)
In this webinar, you’ll learn how to create an interactive mobile simulation from a mobile phone.
Normally, to create a mobile simulation you would need to take individual screen shots on the phone, export these images from the phone to your computer, import them to Adobe Captivate and build the slides.
With the method you’ll discover in this webinar, you can use Adobe Captivate to create an interactive simulation from a phone in the same way that you’d create a desktop system simulation.
Create simulations of mobile apps and systems
Efficient development workflow
Output works on Desktop as well as mobile devices
Who should attend:
eLearning specialists needing to create mobile system and app training
App developers wanting to share interactive prototypes for testing
Technical trainers needing to create demos or simulations of mobile platforms
John Stericker is an Adobe Captivate Certified Expert and Adobe Certified Instructor with over 20 years experience designing and developing e-learning and IT training.
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In this article, I touch upon key facets of mobile learning and how can you use it to impact your employee engagement and performance. I also share 10 examples that showcase how you can achieve this mandate.
How To Use Mobile Learning To Boost Employee Engagement And Performance
Mobile learning is acknowledged as a key training delivery format by organizations across the world. It is used extensively as a modern training approach that is learner centric and facilitates an ongoing consumption of smaller bytes of learning instead of one large chunk.
Let us see how mobile learning can be used to drive higher employee engagement and performance.
Learn, Recall, and Retain. As the learning bytes are delivered in interesting and engaging formats and made available to learners within their workflow, they work more effectively in helping them learn, recall, and retain.
Apply the learning on the job. Over a period of time, this leads to the required application at work (and the anticipated behavioral change). All these factors are driving the usage of mobile learning to engage learners and boost their performance.
What Is Mobile Learning And Why Is It Gaining Momentum?
Mobile learning is the next-gen eLearning that can be offered across multiple devices (desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and so on). It is an “anytime, anywhere” learning that they can assimilate at their own pace and on devices of their choice.
Mobile learning can be used to offer formal training as well as Performance Support or PSTs (just-in-time learning aids that are part of the learners’ workflow and are readily available to them precisely at the moment of their need). It can also be used to supplement traditional Instructor Led Training (ILT).
This is not all. The adoption of mobile learning across organizations is increasing on the account of:
Changing learner profiles. Worldwide, the Millennials are a significant part of the workforce. They need access to training that works on the device of their choice (read smartphone).
How learners want to learn. Learners today do not have the time to log in to a Learning Management System and browse through to identify what they need. With a lot of pressure on time, they want precise bytes of learning that they can use to solve a problem or practice. It goes without saying; this needs to be available in their workflow (read smartphone again).
Changing learning device preferences. Learners want this control to be with them. Depending on the nature of training, whether formal or informal, lengthy or micro nuggets, they want to exercise the right to choose the device they should learn on.
Maturing of tools and technology. Today, mobile learning solutions can opt from a wide ranging array of authoring tools and LMS platforms and offer both adaptive (desktops, laptops, and tablets) and responsive designs (desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones).
Why Does It Make Sense To Adopt Mobile Learning To Increase Employee Engagement And Eventually Impact Their Performance?
The success of a training program hinges on several factors as shown here. These aspects influence learners’ engagement and the eventual performance gain.
Learners’ reaction. It begins with the crucial first connect with learners (their reaction to the online course). This has a direct bearing on how the learners respond and on the desired completion rates. Mobile learning scores a high 5 here.
Effectiveness of learning or stickiness of learning. Usage of immersive learning strategies increases the stickiness of learning. Similarly, usage of strategies that truly engage the learner, facilitate recall, and push them to think and apply is vital to succeed in this endeavor. Mobile learning offers a great value here as it supports rich media formats and trending learning strategies like microlearning, gamification, story-based learning, complex decision making using scenario-based learning, and so on.
Application of learning (leading to the desired behavioral change and a positive impact on business). As I mentioned earlier, learners will not go through an LMS to seek an answer to address a problem on the job. Instead, they need this byte to be available to them when they need it. Similarly, when they need to practice a new concept or a new skill, they want the flexibility to learn on the device they access the most. Usage of mobile learning in a microlearning format that can be used for both formal training or as Performance Support is very useful in meeting this mandate.
From these insights, you will note that you can positively impact each of these facets by adopting mobile learning. With this approach, you will see a more engaged learner.
Is Mobile Learning Or mLearning For Millennials Alone?
It is a misconception that mobile learning appeals only to the millennial workforce.
Irrespective of age, all of us spend so much of time on our smartphones and tablets that it makes tremendous sense to extend the learning on these devices.
The flexibility to use the device to learn on, the ease of learning on the go, and the usage of rich media and high impact strategies attract learners of all profiles to mobile learning adoption.
As a result, you will see higher completion rates across various learner profiles and not limited to Millennials.
When mobile learning is used for Performance Support (just-in-time learning aids that are available to the learners within their workflow and precisely at the moment of their need), you can see increased application of learning on the job. As I have already highlighted, this is a crucial aspect in getting the desired impact that the business seeks.
Eventually, the combination of completion of training on time, higher retention and successful application has a positive impact on the ROI.
What Learning Strategies Adapt Well To Mobile Learning Or mLearning?
While most traditional eLearning strategies can be well adapted for mobile learning or mLearning, you can see added gains as you use the following approaches:
Story or scenario-based learning (the impact is even higher when we use videos and interactive videos).
Mobile apps for learning.
New trends that can further increase the learner engagement include:
Learning path-based approach to encourage “learning as a continuum”.
Personalization to make the learning experience more meaningful to the learner.
Content Curation to support formal training as well as to ensure that learners contribute to enrich the knowledge base.
Given the wide ranging corporate training needs, can mobile learning or mLearning be used to offer all of them?
A report drafted by SailPoint in 2013 suggests that by the year 2018, approximately 70% of the mobile workforce worldwide will manage their business-related tasks on their preferred mobile devices.
If we look at the typical range of corporate training needs, the list is likely to look like this and each of these can be offered through mobile learning or mLearning:
Induction and onboarding (now this often includes pre-onboarding).
Application tools’ training.
Soft skills training.
Specific professional skills training.
Significant corporate initiatives: Ranging from Quality and Innovation to supporting Change Management initiatives.
10 Killer Examples
At EI Design, our mobile learning practice began in 2011. Over the last six years, we have created over 1000 hours of mobile learning solutions for both formal training as well as Performance Support, including all the trainings highlighted above.
While the initial adoption of mobile learning was limited to access till tablets (adaptive designs), over the last two years, most of our solutions support smartphones (responsive designs).
I have shortlisted the following 10 examples to show the impact of mobile learning that would map to your varied corporate training needs. These examples reflect the usage of mobile learning for formal training as well as Performance Support.
I showcase strategies including:
I showcase high impact delivery formats including:
Apps for learning.
Our award winning Interactive Parallax design nugget.
Click here to view and download the interactive PDF containing the 10 examples.
I hope this article provides the required pointers that enable you to adopt mobile learning (if you are new to this) or scale its usage. The supporting 10 examples show you how you can achieve your mandate. If you have any other queries, do contact me.