CEO & Chief Learning Strategist
Making the most of
What's the first thing anyone does when
they want to learn about something?
They pull out their smartphones and look
it up on Google, Wikipedia or YouTube.
Easy! But do you know what people used
They used to pore through books. They used
to attend seminars, sit through PowerPoint
presentations or stare blankly at a whiteboard.
For anyone who can remember the TV ads
from the 1970s, it's enough to make you roll
about laughing. Just like those metal Martian
robots on hearing how we earthlings cooked
potatoes before Cadbury's Smash.
Smartphones are now ubiquitous. Whether in
the office, out on the road or at home. It's
where we get all our information.
Organisations are increasingly realising that
mobile learning is the best and most costeffective way to educate and train employees.
To put it another way, the smartphone
provides the lowest cost solution for
accessing the greatest quantity of knowledge.
It's fast and flexible.
A well-designed mobile learning module is
fast as well as flexible. It can be accessed
from almost anywhere in the world and won't
take up as much of the learner's valuable
time. Rather than having to be in a certain
place at a certain time, people can access
their learning while on a train or sitting in a
The Learning Technology Research Project,
conducted by Agylia, examined the learning
behaviours of over 300 L&D professionals to
investigate the effectiveness of mobile- and
microlearning delivered to tablets and
smartphones. It confirmed that people don't
generally sit at a desk to learn - 76% are out of
the office and 66% complete their modules at
It seems that when learning is easily
accessible, useful and enjoyable, a majority
are quite happy to study and complete tasks
outside working hours and in any free time
during the day.
This flexibility has led to a rapid growth in
microlearning, which has benefitted
enormously from the advent of smartphones,
and vice versa. Microlearning delivers learning
programmes in small, specific bursts that
learners can access wherever and whenever
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