What is Mobile Learning?
A learning process is necessary in order to acquire skills or knowledge. Schooling, higher education, professional training modules, observation, practice... We never stop learning!
The 4 pillars of learning
Stanislas Dehaene, neuroscientist and chairman of the French National Education Scientific Council, has listed the most reliable ways to learn efficiently in his book, How We Learn: Why brains learn better than any machine (Odile Jacob, September 2018). Here are the 4 pillars of learning, for both children and adults!
Attention allows us to select information, regulate brain activity and facilitate learning. However, attention remains very selective. The challenge is to attract and channel this attention for learning purposes. To avoid distraction, it is therefore necessary to create attractive materials that will not divert attention from the main task..
A passive learner does not learn! Every learner must be motivated by an interest in the activity he or she is being asked to do. Involvement kicks in when the learner enjoys the activity. Alternating between learning and teaching activities repeatedly reinforces knowledge and offers optimal learning. The constraint of an exercise or a lesson will have the opposite effect.
What could be more constructive than immediate feedback regarding the activity in progress? For a corrective action to be effective, the feedback must be as immediate as the mistake that was committed.
Each mistake represents an obstacle to overcome in the learning process, therefore the topic of mistakes must be dealt with in a possitive manner. A mistake is not a sign of failure, but quite the opposite! It is what allows learners to develop and apply the topics they have learned.
Neuroscience has shown that:
- Mistakes and uncertainty are perfectly normal and even essential for learning!
- Punishing mistakes is detrimental to learning and only increases stress, fear and feelings of helplessness.
- Encouragement and positive motivation stimulate learning.
The highlight of a learning process is the automation of knowledge. Through repetition and training, the information processed passes from a conscious state to an unconscious state. It is therefore essential to regularly revisit acquired skills. Our brain needs to repeat a piece of information at least three times to memorize it and 21 days to integrate a new habit
Sleep has a very important role in the process of repetition and consolidation of knowledge. After a learning experience, Stanislas Dehaene states that a determined period (short or long) of sleep improves memory, the discovery of regularities and generalisation.
The birth of eLearning
ELearning is very much in fashion in the world of vocational training and is gradually becoming more widespread in companies. It emerged in the 1990s as a learning aid in schools and universities.
This new form of learning has gained popularity due to its accessibility! All you need is a digital tool to access it. Thus, eLearning training allows step-by-step monitoring of the various stages of the course. It also allows for knowledge control and the possibility of self-assessment. This distance learning approach offers a fun and educational way to train at your own pace, depending on your availability.
The initial objective of e-learning is twofold: to make training content available on a single platform and to manage the platform's users. MOOCs, interactive videos, serious games... E-learning is constantly evolving according to learners' needs!
From eLearning to digital learning
The world of education is constantly evolving and has witnessed the introduction of digital learning and many other approaches to learning... So what is digital learning?
Digital learning covers all digital training tools. These tools are used to help learners achieve their learning objectives faster and more fluidly compared to traditional training. Digital learning training addresses the need to facilitate learning which emerged in the 1990s.
There are 3 ways to apply digital learning:
- As a complement to a classroom training
- As an alternative to face-to-face training
- As a support during a face-to-face training
Training courses that introduce digital learning into their program provide a dynamic learning experience. This dynamic approach is due to its interactive logic, which is designed to listen to the learners.
The rise of the smartphone
The first mobile phone was released in 1973 by Motorola and the first smartphone (which allowed faxing), produced by IBM, was released in 1993. It was with the first iPhone, and its wide range of online services, that the history of smartphones began in 2007. Then came the iPad and a rapid evolution of smartphones, giving them a whole new dimension. The power and diversity of their functions make them suitable for everyday use. This diversity is so wide that nowadays the primary functionality, i.e. making phone calls, is almost secondary.
3 ideas that contributed to the birth of Mobile Learning
- Since the mid-1990s, questions about the use of PDAs ("Personal Digital Assistants" is a digital organiser), computers and then mobile phones, in the context of vocational training and education have been raised. These tools are seen as simple receptacles for storing and transporting multimedia resources. This makes e-learning an acceptable tool in a learning environment.
- The topic of off-site learning is beginning to take hold. Why not continue your vocational training yourself by visiting a museum or on a school trip, for example? In response to these ideas, digital learning is making its way into the world of training.
- Learners could be more mobile and have greater flexibility if vocational training offered additional information available on a virtual platform. With this approach, mobile learning finds a way to support learners in their training.
Despite the fact that France is lagging behind in the use of digital tools (according to the report by Deloitte report commissioned by Facebook in 2016), smartphones are now used for many tasks. They are increasingly used for their learning potential through their ability to easily disseminate knowledge at any time and place.
Definition of mobile learning
- Mobile learning, also known as nomadic learning, is a learning concept that allows learning on the move through short and fun formats.
This makes e-learning almost obsolete and gives way to a less time-consuming training platform.
This fabulous concept is at the service of learners to enable them to prevent forgetting information learned during a training course. This concept of knowledge obsolescence is called "forgetting curve". It was brought forward by Hermann Ebbinghaus, now seen as the father of the experimental psychology of learning.
Ebbinghaus points out that without any reminder, only 70% of the information learned is retained after 24 hours... and only 20% after a week ! But it proves that forgetting is not inevitable! In fact, through successive and intelligently scheduled repetitions, we can ingrain this information in our memory over the long term.
We observe that by doing small review sessions (at D+3, D+10, D+30 and D+60 for example), 90% of this information is memorised in the long term.
In response to this problem, Mobile Learning allows continuous access to knowledge thanks to its adaptability to any mobile device: smartphones, tablets and laptops. Thus, Beedeez provides its learners with the "memorization" feature. This feature allows for the revision of topics seen by the learner over a period of time chosen by the latter. This mobile learning concept offers the possibility to learn and revise wherever and whenever you want! Mobile learning has been changing education systems since its emergence and is gradually becoming more democratic in some sectors.
Advantages and disadvantages of mobile learning
Far ahead of all other digital equipment, the smartphone remains the most popular device in France, with an average of 221 smartphone consultations per day according to a study by Tecmark.
In 2018, 98% of 18-24 year olds, 92% of 25-39 year olds and 81% of 40-59 year olds owned a smartphone. As you can see, the use of the smartphone has largely surpassed that of the laptop.
The Global Mobile Costumer Survey 2016 by Deloitte shows that 77% of French people own a smartphone, compared to 74% who own a laptop. These figures keep changing in favour of smartphones year after year. Only 57% own a desktop computer and 53% own a tablet.
Mobile Learning and microlearning: the inseparables
Mobile learning and microlearning go hand in hand. In fact, we talk about m-learning because they are inseparable!
Microlearning is a learning method consisting of short modules ranging from 20 seconds to 5 minutes. This digital learning method consists of focusing on one specific concept at a time. Each topic is broken down into several topics, so it will only take a few minutes to get to know the content.
In addition to being short, the topics are presented in a storytelling format. This gives the learner a broader view and a logical sequence of what he or she will learn. This gives the learner a broader view and a clearer picture of what he or she will learn.
Its main points are:
- Mobility : the principle of training is to be available ATAWADAC (anytime, anywhere, any device, any content)
- Speed: with a short format ranging from 20 seconds to 5 minutes
- Innovation: with a learning path framed by distinct concepts
- Learner centric: the learner is at the heart of the training! The learner will choose his/her learning modules when he/she needs them
Mobile Learning must offer a format that reflects its image! Microlearning is the most suitable method for the mobile learning format, as they share the same strong characteristics. Because mobile learning is portable, it adapts perfectly to the spontaneous aspect desired by microlearning.
Short formats allow the learner to adapt according to their needs. Like a revision card, the mobile learning format allows you to pick up topics you need to learn about or simply to reread. We have all had the experience of making or seeing cards that summarise a course in a way that makes it easy to remember. This old and unstoppable method combines practicality and mobility.
Mobile learning transposes this learning method into a more technologically advanced form! Clearly identified and disseminated over time, knowledge will be retained more effectively. In particular, if it is accompanied by an experience that involves the learner. Involving the learner means giving him or her a meaningful experience. By doing so, the benefits will be greater.
M-learning is about providing a positive learning experience. A vocational training course that sticks to the rhythm of its learners and frees them from the usual constraints of learning.
The rise of technological equipment gives a fresh look at training. This is gradually opening up many new opportunities where innovation is not only valued, but vital. This is why mobile learning and microlearning are inseparable! LMSs are not suitable for a mobile format, as their content is far too long. A mobile format must be short: it must reflect the spontaneous side and meet the demand for quick access to information.
An ATAWADAC concept
The credo of m-learning? To make vocational training as accessible and effective as possible. The advantage of this learning method is that it offers complete mobility. This allows you to learn under the principle of ATAWADAC (Any Time, Any Where, Any Device, Any Content). This encourages an improvement in learners' skills, particularly in the context of companies whose operations are constantly being reconfigured
Today, to reinforce the ATAWADAC spirit, some mobile learning solutions offer the possibility to complete your vocational training online AND offline!
The possibility of training without necessarily being online is a strong point for many employees. This is the case with RATP, whose employees can freely use their mobile training at their workplace, which is mostly underground and has poor or no connection.
Being able to continue training on a plane, in the metro or anywhere else without a network is a real highlight for any mobile learning solution that offers this possibility. Whether at home, at work or on the move, your vocational training is accessible at any time... This allows you to decide when to review your topics and acquire new knowledge!
Seamless Learning offers unified and coherent learning. It combines all types of training, digital or face-to-face, regardless of the device or tool, combining formal and informal learning, and all this without interrupting the training! This means that you can start a training course in the classroom, continue it on your smartphone on your way to a meeting, finish it directly in the field or discuss it with a remote work group. Very simple!
Extensive integration with your information systems (HRIS, SSO, LMS) offers a fluid learning track!
As LMSs are complicated to set up (importing Excels files, for example), Mobile Learning makes it very easy to integrate content. Simplified and fully guided interface, your content is added to a topic in no time. This integration grants your LMS performance integration to your mobile learning solution. In fact, at Beedeez, clients use mobile learning to reinforce the power of their LMS and increase their usage rate.
In addition to a varied content offering different media such as flash-cards, videos, audio, infographics and much more! The idea is to mix learning with gamification.This playful approach helps to energise every learner. What could be better than a quiz or other mini-game before and/or after each topic to captivate learners? Thanks to this game-based approach, it is possible to monitor your progress. It is possible to go so far as to hold knowledge battles with one's employees, as Devoteam has done for its consultants. These knowledge battles are a way of measuring whether the learning has been effective. The gamification feature allows learners to take responsibility for their own progress! It is possible to adopt your own gamification strategy to involve employees in their training and make them want to score the best.
HSBC, a British international banking group, has come up with an interesting challenge. This challenge led to the training of 5,000 managers in record time. The goal was to achieve the best score in order to obtain the equivalent of the amount in treats. This will give you innovative ideas for your business!
But Mobile Learning doesn't stop there! Training via a mobile learning platform also has a strong social aspect. What better way to strengthen group cohesion while remaining in a learning environment?
By giving each employee the opportunity to share their knowledge, everyone will learn from each other. This UGC (User Generated Content) principle is implemented through the gamification aspect, but also through the possibility of sharing one's content on the platform. Thus, everyone can benefit from each other’s knowledge , an ideal exchange. Beedeez offers this exchange thanks to its Tips feature. Whatever the learners' level, function and so on, everyone starts at the same point and progresses as they wish.
As you can see, mobile learning solutions know how to innovate and offer many ways to adapt to different learner profiles. One example is the possibility of offering content in several languages. This is the case for Lacoste, which uses Beedeez internationally for its teams in China and Japan.
Being immersed in your phone for learning purposes can sometimes be problematic. Some learners may be distracted by other applications on their phone. Be it on a smartphone, computer or tablet, the distractions are many.
But thanks to the microlearning format, the learning topics are short and designed not to exceed the average attention span a learner will have!
In fact, the BYOD (bring your own device) approach is quite risky, especially in companies. Many employees are reluctant to use their personal devices for work purposes. Nevertheless, every problem has its solution.
The Phygital Learning aspect of mobile learning offers them the possibility to consult their training content at their professional workstation. Thus, learners who do not have personal devices or are reluctant to use them are not excluded from their training.
Mobile Learning: from education to vocational training
Mobile learning can be used in all circumstances. Whether it is within the framework of a training course in a company or a school, mobile learning can be adapted to different profiles and their needs!
The educational system
Outside the workplace, millennials and their successors, Generation Z experienced the days when mobile phones were banned from their schools. However, this practice is slowly changing, as some schools are already using mobile learning in selected lessons with their students.This use is also becoming more common in other countries, such as in the United States in the Katy Independent School District. The pupils use their own device on a daily basis for educational purposes. Regardless of their age, level or training... It gives them the opportunity to make good use of a device that they know by heart and that they carry around in their pocket every moment of the day.The school environment is still grouping its way through nomadic learning. But more and more schools are managing to implement it thanks to partnerships, support and, above all, a lot of mutual help, like mSchools, a school based in Spain. What is the concept of this school? Getting teachers and students to work together to innovate on how their mobile educational tools work. Pupils and teachers discuss their experience of their mobile learning tool together and decide how they can improve it.
Non-governmental organisations (ONG)
It is interesting to note that outside the perspective of mainstream education and vocational training, Mobile Learning can benefit those most in need. As UNESCO points out, even the most basic education is not available to everyone. Books remain inaccessible to many marginalised countries. This is a barrier to literacy, unlike the number of mobile phones which is increasing even in the most poverty-stricken areas. This is why UNESCO is looking closely at ways to use mobile devices to promote literacy around the world.
91% of the world's children attend primary school, yet 57 million children don't have access to educational learning. Some organisations are beginning to address the issue of education in disadvantaged countries. These organisations are finding digital solutions to provide access to learning for many children around the world. Some schools and universities have started to teach via digital solutions. Some institutions upload their courses online, others use mobile learning...
In parallel to UNESCO, we have the example of Baobab +, a company selling solar panels in various African countries such as Senegal, Mali and Madagascar. Baobab+ works to facilitate access to digital equipment in underdeveloped and developing countries. By providing access to electricity through solar power to large numbers of households, education becomes much more accessible.
Whether it is the option of doing homework in the evening even when it is dark or working on documents available on a mobile solution, there is a genuine opening up of education taking place in these countries which face many educational problems.
Just like students, whatever their age, skill level or other, m-learning is beneficial to all. Nowadays, it is commonplace to use your smartphone to consult a website, manage your emails, plan your appointments etc. Both in a personal and professional context. The use of smartphones in the workplace has become the norm and this phenomenon has increased in recent years. This practice is known as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and allows more and more people to be interested in training via a mobile device.
Managers can also make their lives easier thanks to mobile learning. At Sanofi, a French transnational company in the health sector, opted for an m-learning solution to train their managers. Having a guide that is easy to access wherever you go is the perfect tool for a manager responsible for many people within one or more teams.
Whether for academic or professional purposes, m-learning is the perfect tool for any type of user across the world. It offers personalised courses, open education, offline learning and no language barriers. Digital education is a true lever that encourages an independent tendency to learn among today's young (and not so young) while engaging them in the vast ocean of knowledge available to them.
Mobile learning: its use in companies
Training for newcomers
The arrival of a new employee in your company is a crucial event: Do not skimp on the means and take no chances. Pampering your new colleague will help you keep them!Yes, studies show that one in five employees in France leave their company after only three months and that 4% of them decide to leave their job on the first day due to poor integration! This is the importance of onboarding within your company.
A failed induction programme comes at a high price, so you hold the keys to making sure your new employees are captivated. But how do you get a new employee up and running quickly and productively? By integrating a digital tool! This will optimise the onboarding process by offering more interactive content than a simple document to read. In addition, it allows the process to begin before the new employee arrives by providing him or her with more entertaining content. For example, you could play a little game to introduce new colleagues rather than giving them a traditional organisation chart.
Areas, France's leading travel caterer, is a concrete example of successful digital onboarding. With 842 points of sale in France and more than 437,000 customers served every day, Areas was faced with the task of having to onboard more than 400 people...
Directly on the ground at the Paris Motor Show (formerly the Salon de l'Automobile)! Thanks to Beedeez's Mobile Learning solution, the trainers were able to distribute knowledge modules on the new arrival’s smartphones in order to train them in a very short amount of time! The training had to be complete because the learners were all from outside the company: taking up a job, customer relations, safety and hygiene standards, etc.
The fun side of the solution helped to involve the learners and keep them active, thus making it easier for them to retain the knowledge they had acquired. Trained directly in the field (and small oversights are possible), short content (microlearning) was essential for it allows quickly and direct access to information! A fun and interactive digital onboarding programme that has proved its worth... and did not stopped there! Areas has now extended its use to all their employees!
Combined with mobile learning, collaborative learning also has its advantages and the strategies for getting your learners involved are numerous. Among them, we can note innovative ideas such as the implementation of QR codes. The new bar code is already well established in everyday life and can be found almost everywhere! This barcode, which can be scanned with a smartphone, allows data to be encoded and usually directs the user to a web page. It is more commonly used for promotional purposes (visiting an online shop, sharing a profile on social networks, etc.), but the possibilities are endless! To illustrate one of the most original ways of using QR codes, let's take a look at the example of Leroy Merlin, which has placed numerous codes in strategic places in the company in order to encourage employees to play the "treasure hunt" game. This helps them to find all the interesting information that can be accessed easily. The perfect idea to get your newcomers to get to know their colleagues.
Training of field staff
The most important thing for the field staff is to master specific job functions. Whether in catering, construction, hairdressing... Each position requires specific actions and attitudes to be adopted on a daily basis. It is impossible for these employees to stay in a fixed position for training as they are always on the move.
With a mobile learning solution that offers tools such as Beedeez Tips, great possibilities are open to them. By having access to short videos that explain a particular action or technique, learners can access this valuable information at any time. They can share their competences with each other and encourages the sustainability of their knowledge.
Therefore, learners do not adapt to their learning tool, but their learning tool adapts to them. It is now very simple to communicate know-how to an entire team at once.
Sales force training
Mobile learning is particularly appealing to sales forces and workers who are often on the move and/or lack the time for effective face-to-face training. These particularly hard-to-train learners can access a source of information and training from their pocket at any time, regardless of their location during the day. The clearest case where the usefulness of mobile learning becomes almost indispensable is in retail.
Sales careers are fast-paced, always on the move, and it is almost impossible to be assigned to one place long enough to work on the skills needed for effective selling.
Often trained on the job, meeting customer requirements is sometimes difficult for novices and newcomers to the business. The turnover rate in this sector is very high. As many as 51% of sales companies are affected. Offering flexible professional training that adapts to everyone's pace saves a great deal of time in training and, above all, in developing the skills of its sales force. Mobile learning is a fabulous tool for accessing information in a stress-free and professional manner.
Mobile learning for all generations
In this digital age, many people still think of start-ups as being made up of highly connected young people only. But what about companies where different generations work together on a daily basis?
Each generation has its own way of seeing things and will have a different approach to their work in the company. Thanks to the digital tools available to them, intergenerational cohesion can be developed, so let's listen to each other's requests and needs!
Children from 1946 to 1964, are now the oldest members in companies. Born after the Second World War, they grew up with many different life choices with and exceptional job opportunities! Their lives are strongly centred on work and the social value of a career. They are therefore very respectful of authority and hierarchy.
For them, the idea of keeping a job for life is a norm, and even a need in terms of their well-being. The idea of stability reassures them. They will therefore have no problem complying with the demands of a superior and asking for no recognition in return.
Offering a mobile learning solution to baby boomers is an excellent way to motivate them to join a company training course. Offering them a mobile learning tool means giving them unexpected attention that they will appreciate. Thanks to peer learning, social aspect will be reinforced! This will make it easier for them to integrate and understand the generations that follow them.
This generation, born between 1965 and 1979, has had a very difficult career path. As jobs were unstable and poorly paid, X's had to adapt!
Unlike the baby boomers, they will need recognition in their work. They like to make things happen and take on challenges in order to learn and develop themselves for greater personal growth. Their lives are not just about work: they are more focused on their own needs.
The provision of a Mobile Learning tool is therefore a good strategy to engage Generation X in their learning. By offering them short content that does not interfere with their personal lives, they will be much more open to the idea of training via a digital solution. The gamification part of Mobile Learning perfectly meets the requirements of this generation. Fun content that allows you to evaluate yourself and see your progress in a positive way is a big plus.
Mobile learning is particularly suited to millennials, the young people born between 1980 and 2000 who are an integral part of every company today. Having grown up with the Internet and other digital technologies, they have seen this world evolve and have become naturally accustomed to it! In their constant search for information, they have a strong need for autonomy.
They like the idea of always being on the move: telecommuting or deskless, not being attached to an office won't bother them much. It is important to keep them interested because having grown up in a zapping culture, they can easily move on to other things! And yes, as you can see, everything goes much faster for generation Y, their relationship to time is very different from previous generations.
By 2025, over 75% of the workforce will be Generation Y, so what can we do to harmonise this collaboration? With Mobile Learning of course! It is the ideal tool to motivate and retain millennials because it meets their expectations and their way of working.
For generation Z, mobile learning is becoming a must. Also known as the zapping generation, this generation includes young people born after 2000. Even more connected than their elders the millennials, generation Z were practically born with a smartphone in their hands. Lucid, curious, and informed, Zs are demanding!
This is a generation that lives at 100 km/h: Zs are very instantaneous. It is also for this reason that taking care of them is essential to maintain a good relationship. They have no problem moving on if they don't like something or don't feel fulfilled enough. They want to be whoever they want to be and don't care what others think.
Generation Z is constantly interacting with its environment, which is for them the key to success in the professional world. Very involved in their networks, they think collectively above all ! They are very much into self-learning. Finding solutions, information and skills on their own is in their nature.
Their daily lives are enhanced by explanatory videos, tutorials, documentaries, etc. They are less reluctant than previous generations to seek the answers to their questions themselves. The peer learning aspect of mobile learning allows learners to share all the knowledge they have accumulated during their personal research. The desire to share information becomes even stronger with a generation that is constantly on the lookout for learning.
Nine tips for creating an effective Mobile Learning course
Setting up your mobile learning tool is simple, but what is the recipe for effective mobile learning content? There is no magic solution, you must be aware of the "microlearning" format because the goal is to produce short and effective content! To do this, here are some useful guidelines:
Choose a short format
An ideal microlearning format is 30 seconds to 5 minutes. However, mobile learning is not just for microlearning! It is entirely possible to create a 10-minute-long piece of learning content and still be effective. Focus on the essential information. Think about the key words you want your learners to remember. If the subject you are dealing with needs to be long because it requires a lot of explanation, choose to break it down into several contents, such as themes, for example.
Choose appealing visuals
Just like a PowerPoint, your visuals should be meaningful and simple! Avoid overloading it with information and try to be innovative in order to captivate your learners as much as possible. Make sure you take the time to make your visuals in order to achieve greater impact and make them recognisable. For those of you who know how to edit, you can use the Adobe suite. But there are online programs such as Canva that will allow you to produce your own montages easily and quickly. Don't hesitate to evoke emotion with icons that correspond to the concepts you wish to convey. By using Flaticon, you will find an endless number of icons and most of the content is free and royalty-free! However, if you are short of time, you can use royalty-free image banks such as Unsplash.
Vary your content
Mobile learning also offers the possibility of different and varied formats, so take advantage of it! Offer your learners the possibility of discovering a topic in different forms such as a video, a list of information, a text, a sound, an infographic... Illustrate your content with a YouTube video of a short lecture you found relevant. Select a funny GIF to brighten the mood on a difficult subject. Explain the process using a colourful infographic. It is up to you to innovate and adapt to the needs of the training!
With the Story Learning for example, your learners will remain active because it is them who setup the reading pace thanks to the "slide-show" mode. For Benoît Terrasse "Comics on Beedeez can offer experiences as immersive as video if we know how to exploit its specificities". This type of content is therefore perfectly in line with the fundamentals of mobile learning, and it is why Beedeez has joined forces with Agence 9-Une bulle en plus to offer you this new capsule format!
Use story telling
The mobile learning format is perfect for storytelling! Develop your topics as if they were a story to tell. Provide a logical sequence for each point you make to make your topic even more interesting. Breaking down your content into topics is perfect for storytelling. Introduce your topic by telling its story, introduce it by starting with the basics and continuing in small steps.
Highlight important information
Particularly when you have an entry with text, don't hesitate to put the key words or information you want to highlight in bold letters! For example, it is possible to find tricks for highlighting information in images. The choice of colours, the arrangement of elements and the typography are all important. Don't hesitate to make lists of the key points you discuss on a text card. Make your texts lighter by skipping lines!
Adapt and make your content accessible
Adapting content according to the reader, is the simplest and most effective way to retain knowledge that can sometimes be very information-intensive. Just like EDF, you can opt to adapt your existing content (PDF, PowerPoint, data sheet...) into a shorter format to make the information easier to digest. EDF used Beedeez to adapt its already available content in PDF by transposing it onto various educational capsules. Thus, by breaking down their subjects into topics, their staff find it easier to understand the information given. They have also implemented the adaptation of their business strategy for all staff in their HR unit. From now on, 3 EDF entities are using Beedeez.
Encourage social learning
Social learning is a key feature in mobile learning, so take advantage of it! Your learners have the opportunity to share their information with each other and thus strengthen social relations within their team. Access to the forum on their mobile learning solution is a first step towards helping and collaborating with employees.
But it is also interesting to let gamification speak for itself! Just as Disney has done with Beedeez's "Live" feature, which can be used to animate face-to-face training courses and thus complete the various stages of blended learning! By offering learners the opportunity to participate in quizzes during their classroom training, learners are active and more involved in their training. At the same time, the trainer obtains direct feedback on their learners' skill development. The learner's participation is the key to their involvement in a training course. Adapt to different tricks to get them involved!
Communicate and support
Communication is going to be essential to help you in the deployment and success of your project! Communication will allow your digital training project to be known to your target audience. Employees attracted by this solution will be delighted to discover and adopt it in their routine in order to achieve their goals! Well thought-out communication is therefore essential. To communicate well, you need to keep the same tone and spirit throughout your communication. These must be adapted to the type of digital project chosen.
A mobile learning application such as Beedeez, for example, offers a playful side, so use a light tone, with a touch of humour! Communicating also means assisting your employees in this fabulous training adventure. At Beedeez, coaching is an important and essential part of professional training. To help you with this assistance, Beedeez offers the possibility of triggering personalised notifications to your learners in the "animation" section of the authoring tool. Every user and training manager must understand how this tool works in order to become an "expert"!
Five trends in mobile learning
The Internet has led to numerous innovations, and the advent of artificial intelligence is constantly changing digital practices. These practices are reversing and tending towards highly personalised training, perfectly adapted to each individual. Here are 5 trends to expect in mobile learning for 2020.
With this technology, we can immerse ourselves in a completely virtual or real world with the help of a headset.
Today, the experience is commonly visual, auditory and, in some cases, haptic (some headsets offer the possibility of producing feedback). But it is now possible to equip oneself with specialised gloves and clothing to experience sensations related to touch or the feeling of impacts for example.
Some companies such as Enedis, use virtual reality in their training courses. By using VR modules that they have integrated into Beedeez' mobile learning solution, Enedis has opened up better possibilities in their training. Given the rapid development of this technology, what will the future hold?
Often confused with virtual reality, augmented reality is a fascinating technology that is beginning to establish itself effectively. But what is it? It is simply a virtual interface (in 2D or 3D) that provides additional information to reality. So when you film the real world with your smartphone or tablet, for example, animations, text, objects, sound and so on are virtually added to your device.
By integrating an augmented reality module into its mobile learning solution, learning takes on a whole new dimension! For example, thanks to this technology, it is now possible to visualise the steps to be followed in real time in order to carry out a manual task within your company. Simply point your phone at an item to unlock quizzes and additional information about it.
Peer learning is a way of learning that involves learners interacting with each other so that they can share their knowledge and skills. This principle of teamwork is, combined with digital tools to facilitate the exchange between pairs.
Peer learning aims to overcome the limits of traditional learning by allowing the learner to be an active participant in his or her own training. No more "teacher/student" approach, where everyone has his or her own role to play and to respect.
The principle of peer learning is to allow each student to move from being a passive to an active learner in a cooperative environment where they are all equal. In this way, everyone is free to contribute. Learning together also means sharing doubts with your team in order to find answers as a group. Learning is evaluated through the feedback that every single participant in the course can provide and give.
From a pedagogical point of view, motivation increases when learners have a good time, which allows them to be more involved in their learning. Adopting a peer learning approach is an excellent way of strengthening team bonds and encouraging learners' curiosity.
A major trend in professional training world today, is adaptive learning which aims to adapt to the learners! This type of training involves providing personalised courses based on the learners' profile. With the advent of machine learning and artificial intelligence, digitalisation has adapted to its users. Machines are now able to learn from their users and offer them data that matches them.
The recipe for blended learning is e-learning combined with face-to-face training. With the ability to access their learning content outside of face-to-face training, learners are immersed in a learning experience that promotes interactivity and increases involvement and motivation in what they are doing.
The advantage of Blended Learning is that everyone can adapt their training courses as they wish. A blended learning course can be mobile learning or face-to-face depending on the needs. The mobile learning part enables the carrying out of knowledge validation modules with the learners in order to ensure that the topics covered are properly understood.
At Beedeez, for example, before a face-to-face training session, a knowledge capsule about the subject of the training is sent to clients. By sending this content in advance, we can use the "statistics" feature to analyse the results on the training day. During the course, the "Live" function makes it possible to revisit certain topics that were not understood by the learners. After the course, notifications are sent to learners to help them remember the topics discussed.
What does the future of mobile learning hold?
Jean Marc Cote and Villemard, illustrators from the beginning of the 20th century, saw the future in a very particular way. Up until the 1980s, we could imagine flying cars, houses in space and robot teachers. In the end, we are not very far from what some visionaries, such as Isaac Asimov, predicted would happen to education in the future. Read Isaac Asimov's interview on the future of computing and education in 1988 by clicking here.
Throughout the century, we have witnessed the birth and development of many innovations.
The way education is perceived is slowly but surely changing. There is growing awareness about the positive impact that these devices can have if used appropriately. We are entering an era where new information is being generated faster and faster, and where it takes less time for that information to lose value. We are living at a much faster pace than the last century, as close to it as we are.
In the 1960s, an engineering degree, for example, was obsolete after 10 years. Nowadays, it could take as little as 5 years for a degree to become totally irrelevant due to the constant changes in innovation in most sectors today.
Over the past 100 years, the number of years spent in school has more than doubled. In many countries, it is normal to study for 20 years before joining the world of work. In a fast-moving world, digitalisation seems to be the most effective solution to avoid being overwhelmed by all the changes that are constantly taking place.
3 changes that will have an impact on learning in the coming decades
- Automating choices - algorithms and artificial intelligence are increasingly automating aspects of our lives. As a result, we now learn differently from past generations. Every day, we are immersed in new information offered naturally by algorithms and other artificial intelligences on social networks, our emails... Information comes naturally to us and is easily accessible.
- The acceleration of the human mind - with access to ideas and numerous instruments that are gradually reshaping our brains (intentionally or unintentionally), the human mind is evolving at great speed. We are living at a much faster pace than in the last century. We have gradually become accustomed to obtaining certain things with ease. Whether it's finding the title of a film, ordering a book, getting food delivered, communicating with someone on the other side of the world... Anything is possible. Today, responding to a demand is extremely fast and we do it instinctively. As a result of this evolution, the way we think has considerably changed. The new generations think, reason and apply much faster than before. Our mobile has become more than just an extremely useful tool. It is practically an inseparable part of ourselves.
- The rise of civic movements - whether organisations or committed citizens, more and more are seeking to rebalance access to education. More and more NGOs around the world are working to improve learning conditions in underdeveloped and developing countries.
Today, mobile learning has become a trend in the education and training market and is on its way to dethroning or even replacing e-learning.
We are on our way to personalized learning! When we think of the word 'learning', we picture a teacher in a classroom with desks in a row and a blackboard. What if that changes? The typical classroom of the future will be supported by digital tools to assist the teacher/trainer, allowing learners to have even more freedom. Through peer learning, the social aspect will become more and more present in training. Mutual support and communication will be the foundation of successful learning in future classrooms.
96% of HR decision-makers believe that digital learning will grow dramatically in the coming years, according to a study by the start-up Unow. The growing market for smartphones is a perfect example of the way in which new generations are evolving. Gradually, we will be spending less and less time behind a computer on an e-learning platform. As for the rest, only time will tell!