Mobile learning is a bit like speed dating, unless…
We have become the speed-daters of mobile learning. With learners glued to their phones, you have only a couple of minutes to catch their attention. Let alone stick in their memory.
Based on various researches, between 55 and 63% of all worldwide internet sessions are mobile. Moving toward a mobile-first experience means drastic changes in the way people assess and consume content. Digital, mobile learning content is no exception.
By combining micro-learning with mobile learning (or mLearning) you can achieve this goal. Here are some tips.
Personalise the content
Do not try to pour out everything about the topic. Instead, highlight one aspect at a time. People will learn more efficiently if there is one certain goal in a session that draws their attention, like “How to create a pivot table in Excel” or “How to start with mindfulness”. Always keep in mind the key micro learning principle: one lesson – one skill. This works even better when the system is able to learn from the user and provide personalised subject-based on content dependent on the level, experience and functional viewpoint of the learner.
Even though there is no proof for the prefrerred learning styles myth, learners tend to experience content better when it is a mix of media: text, image, sound and video. This does not mean they will learn better but the first hurdle is taken: getting them to start.
Keep it short and simple
People can focus on the essential material much better if you eliminate everything that could distract them. All the non-essential elements, like background music or fancy animations, consume learners’ cognitive resources and therefore prevent uptake of the important content.
Determine your pacing
Allow people to pace themselves. When people can be in control of their own learning, they will learn better. If you can determine yourself when you will learn, what subject and for what period of time, it will have much more effect than when it is forced upon you. Also, the key of micro-learning is providing help when a person needs it. Learning should be available in the spur of the moment, on a mobile device.
We are always connected, or that is what we like to think. However, the lack of Wi-Fi is a common thing on an underground, in airplanes or in remote locations. Enable your learners with the option to study offline by ensuring your app allows them to save content on mobile devices and sent results to the LMS when the connection is restored.
People forget quickly. 90% of what we learn we will forget in one week if we do not repeat it. Any micro-learning functionality should provide this necessary repetition, without action needed from the learner. This works best with question- or quiz-based systems, that can push a question or two every day to make sure the learner does not forget what (s)he has learned.
In summary: if you want to create a learning culture and gently encourage your employees to learn, keep these tips in mind when you select a system, a content provider, a methodology or all three in one.