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Mobile Learning or mLearning is becoming an integral part of an organization’s learning strategy. Today, many organizations have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy in place that recognizes the learners’ demand to choose the device they wish to use for learning. This Presentation will outline the usage of Mobile Apps for learning. Mobile Apps are one of the delivery formats that offer the additional flexibility of offline viewing of the eLearning course to the learners from their mobile devices. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Mobile Learning: What are the Uses of Mobile Learning Apps - EI Design


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mLearning What Are the Uses of Mobile Apps?
  • Part of Mobile Learning Solutions Series
  • Presented by
  • www.eidesign.net
  • Author-Asha Pandey
  • Chief Learning Strategist, EI Design
  • apandey_at_eidesign.net

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About EI Design (www.eidesign.net)
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Our portfolio and the range of our services
Core services 
  • Core services Our rich portfolio includes
  • Custom Course development eLearning / mLearning
  • Migration of legacy courses to HTML 5
  • Localisation
  • ILT / VILT and Blended Learning
  • Performance Support Tools
  • Off-the-shelf Products
  • Suite on Instructional Design
  • Suite on generic Compliance
  • Value added Services Comprehensive evaluation
    strategy (cuts across various training formats)
  • Efficacy of learning (the learnability and gain
    for learners)
  • Impact of training (the gain for business)
  • Return of Investment (ROI) on training
  • Beyond Learning We also offer several Learning
    Support services that can be used to promote
    eLearning adoption or specific mandates like
    change management.

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mLearning What Are the Uses of Mobile Apps?
  • Increasingly, Mobile Learning or mLearning is
    becoming an integral part of an organizations
    learning strategy. Today, many organizations have
    a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy in place
    that recognizes the learners demand to choose
    the device they wish to use for learning.

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mLearning What Are the Uses of Mobile Apps?
In this article, I will outline the usage of
Mobile Apps for learning. Mobile Apps are one of
the delivery formats that offer the additional
flexibility of offline viewing of the eLearning
course to the learners from their mobile devices.
(They need to have an internet access to download
the course and then they can view it with/without
the internet connection. However, to track their
progress through the LMS, they must be connected
to the internet as only then can their progress
information be passed on to the LMS).
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mLearning What Are the Uses of Mobile Apps?
mLearning effectively blends the
anytime-anywhere access to varied forms of
learning delivery. The options available on
mobile devices today include formal training,
supplements to formal training and
specific Performance Support Tools (PSTs).
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Where do Mobile Apps find the right fit in
todays learning strategy?
  • In my earlier article Improving ROI in
    eLearning, I had referred to the Five Moments of
    Need model (by Dr. Conrad Gottfredson) that can
    be used to ascertain when learners seek learning
    support.

According to him, learners seek support in the
Five Moments of Need
  • When they are learning an aspect for the first
    time (New)
  • When they want to deep-dive and learn more (More)
  • When they want to apply or remember something
    (Apply)
  • When they need to solve a problem or fix
    something that has gone wrong (Solve)
  • When something changes (Change)

Let us see how this model can be used to
determine the right fit for Mobile Apps for
learning too.
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Where do Mobile Apps for learning provide an edge?
  • If you look at the five moments of learning need,
    the first two typically map to formal training
    while the next three map to Performance Support
    Tools (PSTs). Mobile Apps can be used equally
    effectively to offer formal training (bite-sized)
    or supplement formal training. But this is not
    all. PSTs (particularly Ready Reckoners,
    Checklists, Tips, and so on) are designed to be
    made available to learners within their
    work-flow. Making them accessible to the learners
    on their mobile devices encourages them to use it
    on the job. Hence, PSTs are a great fit for
    Mobile Apps.

Let us look at these possibilities in further
detail through some examples.
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Where do Mobile Apps for learning provide an edge?
  • Example 1 Parts of Induction programme available
    as a Mobile App This is helpful for new
    employees to get flexibility to read part of the
    information in offline mode.
  • For primary learning (formal training) They can
    be used for primary learning provided they are
    packed as micro-learning nuggets.
  • Mobile Apps can be a good fit for mandatory
    courses (such as Compliance) where the extended
    flexibility of accessing the course even when not
    connected over the internet can increase the
    completion rates within the stipulated time.
  • They can also be used to render the components of
    Induction programs.

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Where do Mobile Apps for learning provide an edge?
  • Example 2 A Time Management Gamified App to
    practice of Time Management exercises.
  • As a supplement to formal training
  • Mobile Apps are a good fit to provide pre and
    post assessments for formal training (online or
    blended).
  • They can be effectively used as practice sessions
    or reinforcements of formal training through
    Videos/Examples/Scenarios.

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Where do Mobile Apps for learning provide an edge?
  • Example 3  A Mobile App demonstrating the
    processes to be followed on the job, as a ready
    reckoner.
  • Performance Support Tools (PSTs) This is where
    Mobile Apps can be used effectively in several
    initiatives such as
  • Change Management initiatives
  • Support to Compliance initiatives
  • Short summaries of key policies, procedures,
    guidelines, and so on

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Where do Mobile Apps for learning provide an edge?
  • Example 4  An app for reporting suspected
    violation of compliance
  • Social Learning This is an emerging area for
    usage of Mobile Apps that can encourage
    collaborative learning. Learners can share their
    inputs and learning experiences and also upload
    content that can be curated and shared with other
    learners.

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What aspects you should watch out for before
initiating Mobile Apps for learning?
  • Learning strategy This is the start point and
    the LD team must identify suitable areas of
    learning delivery through Mobile Apps.
  • Organizational learning culture This can be an
    impediment if a majority of the learners are not
    comfortable with mobile device-based learning. To
    mitigate this, LD teams can start with programs
    that find a good fit for Mobile Apps and build
    from this success to encourage other learners.
  • Organizational policy It is also possible that
    while learners are ready to embrace this kind of
    learning, the organization may not be ready with
    a policy to support it. In such situations,
    Mobile Apps can still be used to promote
    awareness programs (including Change Management
    initiatives) and these success stories can help
    management re-look at their policies.
  • Technology issues The LMS needs to have support
    for Mobile delivery and this change/upgrade may
    have a significant cost associated to it.

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mLearning What Are the Uses of Mobile Apps?
As we have seen so far, Mobile Apps can support
both informal (including Performance Support) and
social learning models. In a bite-sized mode, it
can also be used for formal training.
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EI Design Pvt Ltd Corporate Office and
Development Centre 160, Arun Arch, 9th Cross,
Indiranagar 1st Stage Bangalore - 560 038,
India. www.eidesign.net
Asha Pandey, CMD and Chief Learning
Strategist Tel (Direct) 91-80-25202679Board
91-80-25202677 / 25202678 Mobile
91-98450-61484Email apandey_at_eidesign.net
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