Mobile Learning :
The Ultimate Guide(2022)
- Chapter I: What is Mobile Learning?
- Chapter II: Advantages and disadvantages of Mobile Learning
- Chapter III: Mobile learning : from education to vocational training
- Chapter IV: Mobile learning : its use in companies
- Chapter V: Le mobile learning for all generations
- Chapitre VI: Nine tipes for creating an effective Mobile Learning course
- Chapter VII: 5 trends in Mobile Learning
- Chapter VIII What does the future of mobile learning hold?
What is Mobile Learning?
Les 4 pillars of learning
- 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 birth of eLearning
From eLearning to 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
The rise of the smartphone
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
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!
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.
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
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)
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.
Training of field staff
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.
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!
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
Use story telling
Highlight important information
Adapt and make your content accessible
Encourage social learning
Communicate and support
Five trends in mobile learning
What does the future of mobile learning hold?
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.