From the time of inception of iPhone, smart-phones has dominated the market and even it has made most of the things in our lives easier. Nowadays we use apps for daily purpose, we use Whatsapp for Instant Messaging, sharing pics and documents, use Skype for Video calling, use the Facebook app for Social Networking, Uber for booking a cab, Foodpanda for food delivery and even there are lots of gaming applications as well in the market. Right from the time, we wake up till the time we go to bed we use various apps for a different purpose in our lives.

By analyzing these things I was wondering if there any apps for learning as well and how learning happens with the Mobile device? The answer is Mobile learning apps.

Definition

Mobile learning apps help you to view the courses with the help of mobile devices. It is one of the popular delivery formats which suits the Millennials the most and fits best for Microlearning. However, you might require an internet access to download the course so you can track the learner’s progress with Learning Management System

Why Mobile learning?

Here are some of the reasons why Millennials prefer Mobile learning when compared with other devices :

1. Flexibility

Mobile learning gives flexibility to the learners, allowing them to learn anywhere, anytime. Even the learning can happen in offline modes as well. The learner has to download the content whenever he has internet access and he can view the content in both online and offline modes. Once the learner will connect to the internet it will automatically sync with the LMS and helps in tracking of user data.

2. JIT Learning

Mobile learning is beneficial for the sales team as it will help them to access the content on the move. If they want to close a knowledge skill gap or in order to learn something quick about a particular topic, they can simply open their mobile device and play the module which helps in reinforcement on time.

3. Engaging

Mobile learning is engaging when compared with the other devices, if you take the laptop, for example, you can’t add many interactive elements here. If you use mobile learning apps you can increase the engagement by adding with geo sensors, dual cameras, integration with wearable devices and still there are more technologies such as AR and VR which boosts the engagement of the user.

4. Encourages Blended learning

You can use mobile devices both for formal and informal learning as well. In order to create a perfect blending learning environment. L &D team can use mobile learning apps to create pre-training assessments and also post training assessment as well.

5. Changes in Learning

Nowadays there are almost changes in the way we are learning. In the modern workforce, it is filled with Millennials and most of them have a smartphone in their pocket and they love to use handheld devices for learning. Even in the learning patterns, the Millennials are demanding for a variety of learning outputs and to have a personalized way of learning.

By understanding these questions we can understand Mobile learning is here to stay and it is being widely used by Fortune 500 companies such as Walmart, Google, Microsoft, Sony and many more companies. In the upcoming years, we can see more advanced features and technologies in Mobile learning with the help of AR and VR applications.