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April 20 2015

Swatch7
Mobile Learning - Gets Learners Performance Support Via Their Cellular devices

Technology has evolved rapidly over the past few years and so has the way we work. Work has transitioned from traditional desk spaces to some large and fluid area where individuals are connected to the other person all the time. Employees have managed to move on from desktop computers to laptops, now tablets and smart-phones. Citizen

With the ever-expanding numbers and geographical spread of employees, technology-aided learning has been adopted in large numbers - across varied industries. Mobile learning has additionally made a powerful contribution in the area of training - making it available as per the requirements of the learner, anywhere and anytime. Can mobile learning management systems provide not just learning nuggets or do they really be utilized to provide performance support well?

Below are a few ways that the mobile learning platform may be used to enhance the learners' performance:

 To enhance and support the learning imparted in class or through an e-course, course notes may be shared after an instructor-led session or once the learner completes an e-course. This re-enforces the educational and increases its impact drastically. The learners can reference these notes every so often, and refresh their learning which reflects on their performance too. Similarly, checklists can be prepared for courses or sessions which highlight the crux of the learning through tabulated pointers. With the mobile device, the learners can reference these anytime and anywhere - especially throughout actual work.

 Another performance support tool may be sent as practice assignments so that learners can practise newly acquired skills outside the class as well. The assignments can be sent after the learner completes the e-course. The added advantage is that the learner can read up an e-course around the mobile learning management system and then the same system provides practice assignments to develop the skills gained.

 Short audio tracks or podcasts can also be developed offering performance support during the time of need. In-house podcasts can be developed by instructors or the learners themselves to inspire sharing and peer-learning. Watch

 Similarly, videos can be created to gain the instant appeal of all learner groups. Videos are a great way of providing performance enhancement tools through mobile learning because it delivers just-in-time learning - which may be accessed as per the emerging needs of the learner. Videos can encapsulate concepts or topics in method in which appeals to learners since it has minimal text and attractive graphics. It helps learners gain quick knowledge quickly and apply it instantly on to the section of work. Organizations can encourage knowledge sharing through providing learners with simple devices with built-in cameras to record videos themselves and share it with fellow learners.

 It is very important to keep in mind that in the mobile platform, reading space is constricted. Even the opportunity to read is when the learner is on the go. In this scenario, infographics may be used to convey information. Infographics can be simply created and easily disseminated one of the learners providing encapsulated and tabulated knowledge in an attractive way. Infographics use graphics and minimal text to create visual representations of concepts, which fits very well for the mobile platform. Also, infographics are image files which can be compatible with all learner devices and learners don't have to download any other supporting programmes. They also take up very little hard-disk space and so can thus be saved or stored in the device for further utilization as per the perceived need of the learners.

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