In this article, I will outline what mobile learning apps are and the benefits they offer. Using a case study featuring Gamified Assessments in the Mobile App format, I will showcase the impact they can create.
The modern-day population is swiping its way to pretty much everything –shopping, banking, music, movies– you name it! Besides, the fact that people do it all on their own devices gives it that personal “touch” as well. Learning and Development (L&D) departments the world over recognize the power of this medium and are looking to “tap” (or “double tap” if you like) into the potential it has on offer. We have used mobile learning apps for varied requirements from microlearning to supplementing primary eLearning or ILT programs (learning aids or Performance Support Tools) as well as for assessments.
In this article, I will outline what mobile learning apps are and the benefits they offer. Using a case study featuring gamified assessments in the mobile app format, I will showcase the impact they can create.
As the name suggests, mobile learning apps are a delivery format that provides learners with the flexibility to learn anywhere, anytime, even without internet connection.
A mobile learning app lets you view your learning content offline from your mobile device. You do need internet access to download the course though and so is the case with tracking the progress of learners through the Learning Management System. Given this flexibility, they are fast emerging as an important training delivery format, particularly for microlearning.
The benefits range from its suitability for people on the move for offline and online viewing, popularity with millennials, and high completion rates it commands. Probably the most significant advantage is that mobile apps provide access to just-in-time information within the learners’ work-flow dramatically increasing its usage at the time of need. Also, the possibility to push new content on the go makes it an effective tool for performance enhancement.
Mobile learning apps can serve as your double cheeseburger as well as the little beverage pack that goes with it – you can use it to offer bite-sized formal training or as a supplement to formal training.
They are also an ideal fit when it comes to just-in-time learning aids and Performance Support Tools or PSTs (such as Ready Reckoners, Checklists, Tips, and so on). These PSTs are designed keeping mobile-compatibility in mind and making them available on mobile devices to learners when they need them the most just makes performance enhancement on the job that much better.
I will now share a case study that features an assessment-based microlearning nugget that we delivered as a mobile app.
Background: eLearning solution at EI Design is targeted at users who are always on the move and depend on their mobile devices for their digital learning needs specifically when it comes to engaging and interactive content.
While the app format uses a set of questions and challenges that play out as a game, it is designed to teach a definitive learning outcome. It enables learners to understand the power of a service quality model (RATER model). To provide the perspective, here is an overview of the model:
The following screenshots illustrate how the learners progress through the gamified app:
The welcome screen followed by the credentials screen.
The game challenge is defined here along with instructions on how to play.
The first challenge for the learners is shown here.
On successfully attempting the first challenge, the learners get a star and points. Additionally, they get to read reference material related to the first level challenge. On clicking the button to read the reference material, they gain bonus points in the form of gold coins.
I hope this article was useful in helping you recognize the power of mobile apps for learning and the impact it can create. If you have any questions, do contact me.
This article is the revised edition of my earlier article that was published on elearning industry – https://elearningindustry.com/can-use-mobile-learning-apps-microlearning-based-training
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