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Tim Buff

CEO & Chief Learning Strategist


Making the most of

mobile learning

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

to do?

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

hotel room.

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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