$ 12.2 billion. This is the estimate of the global mobile learning market by the end of 2017. Annual growth of more than 50%. Beyond the numbers, this learning modality could revolutionize learning.
Mobile learning modifies learning methods
Thanks to mobile learning, the employee develops his skills via a mobile tool that can be a smartphone or a tablet. Access to knowledge is facilitated because it allows training “just in time”: when the employee needs it and is available. Which has implications for content and formats.
Content: pedagogical engineering will have to adapt the content to be optimal: less text, strong storytelling with more visual content like videos, which are very appreciated by the learner. In addition, video is a descendant content, so you need to create interaction before and after with the employee to maximize his investment, for example by offering quizzes.
Format: The goal is that the learner can be trained when he wants and when he can. It is therefore necessary that the format available to him is short, between three to seven minutes in the ideal. The training course then necessarily becomes longer, to keep a coherence, but is assimilated in the form of “pills”, that is to say, small regular sequences.
Today, no sector is spared by this transformation of learning. Indeed, the first interest of mobile learning is to deploy the training faster to the greatest number thanks to a tool used by all. Even the industry is affected because there are fewer and fewer laptops in factories. The practicality of mobile learning is therefore a real advantage, even if in France, unlike other countries like China, it knows a social limit private life / professional life.
Mobile learning: what are the benefits?
Little by little, mobile learning is gaining ground and transforming learning methods with applications different from those that existed until now. This point is the subject of a great research in educational engineering. Workplace-based enterprise social networks, which can be used from the mobile, will certainly become the entry point for vocational training in the coming years: thanks to them, it is possible to access content but also to interact with the community of learners following the same training.
Virtual reality provides the learner with a completely different experience, creating a real universe and therefore a more immersive training. The goal is to apprehend a totally unknown universe to the learner.
However, this new form of learning does not erase the more traditional methods such as face-to-face, which is a much more fun modality than mobile learning when the training is well built. These two methods are not opposed: mobile learning fills the weaknesses that face-to-face training can know and vice versa.
Today, training is increasingly based on mobile devices but their use is not an end in itself. This is a great tool to reach populations that could not be reached before, such as nomadic employees for example: it is a “training accelerator” Mobile learning alone, and more generally digital learning, is not necessarily sufficient depending on the type of need of the employee. Finally, we will integrate mobile learning with other modalities and thus create multimodal routes, what we call blended learning.