One of the most frustrating challenges faced by learning designers and corporate training departments alike is: How can I ensure that learners find time to complete my course?
This, it seems, is quite a valid concern – with the average Australian working longer hours than ever before and commuting for at least an hour a day, it is near on impossible to peg anyone down for anything, let alone try to chain them to their desk for yet another E-learning course. Yet despite the fact that many E-learning courses have dismal completion rates, owing at least partly to the fact that learners just cannot find the time to complete the courses, many corporate training departments continue to pump out course after course in the hope that something will change.
The good news is – something has changed. mLearning is here, and it revolutionizing the way the average person accesses, and interacts with, learning content. This is leading directly to better learning outcomes by ensuring that more learners complete their courses, which is, in turn, saving organisations both time and money as, after all, there is no bigger waste of resources than a course that few people take, and no one gets anything out of.
Despite this, many organisations in Australia are yet to offer their employees training on anything but their desktop. For organisations, however, that are willing to concede that that just isn’t working, then here’s exactly why mLearning is the ultimate time saver:
Saving time through accessibility
Put simply, mLearning provides a whole raft of benefits that E-learning simply cannot. For example, it has long been established that the learners will be more likely to complete a course, and complete it at a faster rate, if it is easier to access. mLearning enables this directly by providing ultimate accessibility – instead of learners having to complete the entire course at their desk, they can take their course with them, and complete it in between meetings, or on their morning or afternoon commute. This ease of accessibility not only benefits office workers, but almost anyone – from a retail assistant who can complete a course between customers, to a remote mining worker who has down time between excavations.
Saving time through immediate relevance
Learners are also more likely to complete a course if they find it relevant, and immediately beneficial, to their every day job. mLearning also provides many benefits in this respect through Just-In-Time (JIT) learning, which enables learners to access content, or even real-time support, from experts, exactly when it is required. Corporate training departments then find themselves in the enviable situation of learners constantly requesting new content whenever they need it – a far cry from developing courses only to find them completed at irrelevant times, if at all.
Saving time through better upload times
Low completion rates are not the only means by which organisations can lose time and money in the learning process. Even before a learner has logged on to complete a course, system and upload issues may have plagued the learning design department, leading to lengthy delays. With mLearning, gone are the days of complex learning management systems and long upload times. Most platforms, such as this one by Teazl, allow you to upload content in just 15 minutes, and subsequently navigate, track and report on any course with ease.
mLearning, then, is the ultimate time saver for organisations – it not only saves time and money through increasing course accessibility and relevance, but it also saves course development, and distribution, time through ease of upload and management.
Author: Janine Cahill