What Should Be the Right Approach Towards Mobile Based Learning

If you thinking about implementing mobile-based training in your organization soon, you must focus on one fundamental question: What is the best-suited approach to instigate the mobile learning strategy? This is because, without a proper approach, it is difficult to achieve any productive results.

Ideally, there are three approaches towards mobile-based training, which we are going to discuss here. Take a look and decide which one caters to your requirements the best.

Push Learning: This is one of the popular approaches, when it comes to training the sales team. In this process the learning content and information is "pushed" to the learners, and they have little choice in terms of the content they receive. 

On several occasions, when important information needs to be sent to the target learners in real time, this process comes in as a handy option. For example, when a new product is launched by a competitor, the sales team needs to be informed about it. It gives them the necessary time to tweak their sales pitch accordingly. You can even share a quick tutorial mentioning the guidelines to realign the sales pitch.

Performance Support or Pull Learning: As the name suggests,pull learning process enables learners to retrieve information as and when required. Study material or information is made available via online portals or intranets. This process of training is need-based, where user access information according to their requirements. For example, a support-engineer needs to go through a checklist while assembling a product. What he can do is access the information from his Smartphone in real time.

Collaborative Learning: This is a term, which is widely used in the current era of online learning. It has significant importance in the mobile learning scenario as well. This mode of learning is useful when the organization does not have a defined mobile learning strategy. At that time, collaborative or interactive learning can take place on an informal basis. Employees can access social media sites and the company intranet using their Smartphones, and share their professional experience. It definitely opens up new arenas of gaining knowledge. Access to various groups and forums through mobile devices make it easy for employees to participate, debate and discuss issues via an online platform.

The best way to choose an approach is to identify the context and purpose of training. It can be anything: sometimes it is important to share important information in real-time, while for many organizations, Smartphones serve as a platform to facilitate social learning. Alternatively, it can be used to access information as per requisites. Training coordinators should better know the purpose in order to choose the right direction.

Article Source: Jonathan Reynold

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