In my previous blog, I have mentioned about the visible shift in corporate learning as more and more learners are preferring mobile devices over the desktop and laptop for learning purposes and more and more organizations are incorporating mobile learning as a part of their overall learning strategy.

While 2017 is already behind us, the interesting statistics says that Google Play had 2.8 million new apps launched in the year. The famous tech website techcrunch.com revealed that an average user opens nine apps every day.  These figures and statistics clearly tell us that apps are definitely going to be a game changer and it comes as no surprise that organizations are likely to include apps either custom developed or provided by the course developers as a part of their learning strategy.

While the adoption of mobile apps as a part of corporate learning strategies is currently not very high but let us see what are the important benefits that these apps can promise to the learning and development department of an organization.

1.Flexibility to learners to use the mobile learning apps and learn the content from anywhere and anytime both online and offline.

2.Better completion rates and higher retention-. The flexibility offered by the bite-sized mobile learning content enables the learners to complete the courses. The learners are not under any pressure as they can learn at their convenience.

3.Multi-device support: With the learning apps available on a variety of multimedia devices like smartphones, ipads, tablets etc. the learner can leave and continue the course of any devices.

4.Offline learning: Mostly all the learning apps support offline downloading of the learning content as then the learners are able to continue their learning even without an active internet connection.

In this blog, I have handpicked some very popular learning apps which are supporting workplace learning and can be used by organizations looking to incorporate mobile apps as a part of their learning strategies.

1.Udemy

Udemy founded in 2010 is a very popular name in the learning community.

Udemy is an online learning and teaching marketplace with over 65000 courses uploaded.

Udemy was first launched as an online website and now are available on both the mobile platforms-Android and iOS.

Udemy uses the marketplace model where you can see courses on different learning topics being updated very frequently and Udemy also ensures that they are are removing outdated courses from their platform which helps the learners to upskill themselves according to the new trends and demands.

Instructors and learners on Udemy can directly communicate with each other to ask questions, get further explanation, follow a comment thread, and share feedback which brings the element of engagement in the learning.

Understanding the growing needs of corporate training, Udemy has launched a mobile app for exclusive corporate training which has the curated contents from their original database itself.

The wide range of topics are categorized into different sections like-

  • Design
  • Development
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Human Resource
  • Marketing  and Sales
  • Personal development etc.

The resource section further enables the learners to access the different sections like :

  • Case studies
  • Ebooks
  • Webinars
  • Videos etc.

The business app allows the organization to choose a plan from Udemy’s website and then easily access the course through the mobile app. The website also offers the facility for organizations to easily manage the course access to their employees and even track their progress.

2.Coursera

Coursera is an online education company that offers courses and learning experiences from the world’s top universities and educational institutions.Coursera reports that over 80% of their learners report confidence gains and career benefits after attending the courses.

With elearning courses on a wide range of topics, Coursera launched a platform for business and workforce development in 2016. Coursera for business is focussing on both the small and medium enterprises as well as large-scale organizations which have a workforce of more than 5000 employees.

The learning content samples are on a wide variety of topics like –

  • Data Science
  • Computer Science
  • Leadership and Business
  • Digital Marketing.
  • Mini MBA.

The simple uniqueness of the Coursera platform is  the high quality of the contents as their websites mention -“Top content from the world’s best universities and companies—all on one platform”

Coursera also offers features to track the learner’s progress with the in-built activity-tracking dashboards & reports.

The app available on both iOS and Android platform allows creating custom learning tracks from their courses or choose the ready-made curated courses recommended by their subject matter experts.

3.Lynda

Lynda founded in 2002 is an American online education company offering video courses taught by industry experts in software, creative and business skills.  Lynda is now acquired and owned by LinkedIn and has rebranded as ‘Lynda.com from Linkedin’

It has an exclusive section for learning contents on business. Courses for business include 10,000 plus expert-led courses and video tutorials as well as the curated playlists that matches to specific job roles and competencies of the learners.

Some examples of the learning contents available on Lynda are  

  • Leadership + Management
  • Professional Development
  • Marketing
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Project Management etc.

Presently Lynda learning app is available on both the iOS and Android platform.

I also came across the  PC mag article where they have rated Lynda learning platform for the depth and quality of the content provided on the platform.

4.Udacity
Udacity is a for-profit educational organization offering massive open online courses (MOOCs).
Udacity offers the learners with different learning topics like Big Data, Mobile, and Web development etc.

Their corporate training courses feature engaging videos, dynamic learning exercises with real-time feedback, and more.
One of the unique offerings from  Udacity is the Nanodegree program, which are currently available on topics like-

  •   Web development
  • Mobile development
  • Data Science and analysis
  • Digital marketing
  • Virtual learning and much more.

The biggest highlight of  Nanodegree programs is that these courses are developed by inputs from global industry leaders like Google, Amazon, Facebook etc.  The Nanodegree programs can benefit the organization by enabling the learners to re-skill themselves and to learn the skills of the future. This enables the businesses to ensure that they always have the set of workers with futuristic business skills.

Apart from online training, Udacity supports in- person training at the location of the clients too which, I feel is a unique feature.It also supports 1:1 coaching to ensure that the learners are on track and the platform also promotes an active forum for free discussions among the learners.

5.Skill Pill

Skill Pill is in the elearning market from the year 2008. The app delivers microlearning and bite-sized content mostly in video formats.

In 2016, Skill Pill has launched a full feature learning app named ‘Bulb’ that enables enterprise learning to be a fully social, gamified and personalized experience.

Some of the unique features of Skill Pill which I could find from my research are the tools that they offer with the app. The app supports adaptive algorithm and detailed usage tracking for the management and can recommend the courses to the learners by the constant machine learning embedded in the app.

Skill Pill is also future proof as it supports augmented reality through their app. Apart from this,  Skill Pill can also create courses on custom learning topics for any organizational needs.

While the above mentioned 4 apps have a distinct offering for workplace learning below are the other two popular apps which have made it to the list as they are quite resourceful and are widely accepted by the industry.

6.Ted (Technology, Entertainment, and Design)

Quoting from their official website “TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks” (18 minutes or less).

In Ted, they do conferences, TED talks and they even have other sections like TED books and TED Institutes. The TED talks is one of the best highlights of TED as it provides a platform for people from all the sections of life to narrate their experiences on various topics both business and non-business.

The TED app can surely help the employees to listen to these free talks(more than 3000 plus) as videos and in simple audio formats and are available on both iOS and Android platform.

7.Google Primer

Google Primer is a free mobile application by Google, designed to teach digital marketing skills in India.

Designed exclusively for the Indian audience Primer stands unique by delivering bite-sized and jargon-free lessons in five minutes for the learners and professionals to stay competitive in today’s changing digital world.

Google Primer is available for download on both the iOS and Android platform.

Here I have handpicked some popular learning apps for workplace learning but I am certainly interested to know what are the other learning apps which you using currently in your organization. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment box below.