smart phonesMobile online training solutions provide a way to educate and train employees through any type of mobile device.  With more and more packed into the workday, it becomes very difficult to schedule training sessions that will work for all of your employees.  However, with mobile training solutions, your employees can be trained when and where they want to be trained.

The method for which mobile online training solutions are served actually falls into two broad categories.  First, the solution can be in the form of an app which is downloaded onto a user’s device.  The second type of solution involves online training software that has been developed to work in both a desktop and mobile environment.

For example, here at Avizr, we’ve developed our online training software using Twitter Bootstrap, a design framework which supports responsive design.  What this mean, is that at its core, Avizr works well on both desktop and mobile devices.

Making the online training more accessible

image of map on phones For companies who need to train employees in an international setting, mobile online training solutions provide increased access for employees who may not have a desktop computer at home.

According to an article on smartphone use by PCMag, “By 2020, global smartphone subscriptions will more than double to 6.1 billion, 70 percent of people will use smartphones, and 90 percent will be covered by mobile broadband networks.”  Because such a large proportion of the population will have access to mobile phones, it makes sense to provide mobile training as an option.

Working in a multi-tasking world

For most people, the work day is spent bouncing back and forth between different projects.  Because of this, any training that needs to be completed has to fit in with our other day-to-day activities.  With mobile online learning solutions, the training can be completed as you take a coffee break in the neighborhood Starbucks or on your commute to work.  And, because it’s just a bit easier to carry an iPhone with you than your desktop computer, the number of places where you can complete your training increases significantly.

Promoting bite-sized learning

apple with a biteWhen training is given in a traditional manner, using manuals and classroom sessions, the training can feel a bit overwhelming to some.  Online training through a desktop computer can “feel” more manageable.  And, when provided in a mobile setting, the training truly takes on a “bite-sized” approach.

And, this bite-sized approach to learning has definite benefits.  According to an article in Faculty Focus about Brain-Based Online Learning Design, “Physiologically, your neurons are keen and alert for no more than 20 consecutive minutes. At the end of those 20 minutes, your neurons have gone from full-fledged alert to total collapse, and it takes two to three minutes for those neurons to be completely recovered and back to the total alert state.”  What this means is that training that supports learning in short spurts or bites will be more successful than training that lasts hours.

And, creating learning that works well on the small screen forces the instructional designer to create content that gets to the point, and gets to it quickly.

Naturally lending itself to social learning

social mediaFor trainers who would like to add a social component to the training experience, mobile online training solutions offer the perfect environment.  Almost anybody who uses Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter has the associated app on their smartphone.

And for e-learning platforms that are social in nature, the training could become a lot more fun with a social learning component.  For example, receiving a Facebook update that a team member has successfully completed a course can be an inspiration for you to finish it as well.

Conclusion

As corporate training continues to move into the online arena, more and more employees will be accessing their training through their smartphones. With this in mind, it makes sense to ensure that your corporate training can be served in a mobile environment.

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