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80% of corporate learners are underserved. Mobile is the key to your modern digital learning strategy.

When discussing modern learning tools, do you ever find yourself experiencing a Brady Bunch moment and hearing Jan Brady’s voice in your head? In the same way that she bemoaned her older sister Marcia, perhaps you’ve grown frustrated with the constant focus on mobile learning and muttered to yourself,

“Mobile, mobile, mobile!”

There was a good reason for Jan’s frustration: Marcia received constant accolades and attention for being the best at everything she did.

And there’s a good reason for yours: Mobile continues to represent the best-in-class technology tool for delivering modern learning environments and delighting employees. Yet we all have a long way to go. According to Forbes and Venture Beat, 80% of workers today are deskless workers, which means they need mobile to stay connected and perform, but only 1% of enterprise software spending goes to support deskless, mobile workers. What’s even more concerning is that Brandon Hall Group research shows that only 6% of all learning content is designed for mobile learning.

Organizations that rely on instructor-led classroom or virtual classroom learning and even eLearning may feel left behind and struggle to keep employees engaged with these older methodologies. Rather than live in the shadow of organizations that deliver modern learning, it’s time to recognize—and act upon—one simple fact:

High-impact learning moments come from mobile enablement.

How mobile delivers modern, high impact learning

In a recent survey, the Brandon Hall Group identified three high-impact learning practices that lead to strong employee outcomes, such as better retention and higher engagement rates. The first high-impact learning practice focuses on delivering what learners need, and the second requires organizations to think beyond the course.

However, it’s the third that we’ll focus on here, which speaks to the value of using the right learning tools and technology to provide high-impact learning experiences.

While it’s easy to throw out “mobile” as the answer to all training challenges, it’s not the be-all and end-all of learning. Mobile is simply the requisite platform for delivering today’s modern learning tools and technology. For example, consider the following:

  • 79% of organizations point to video learning as a high-impact learning tool
  • 54% state the microlearning is used often or always
  • 50% use on-the-job exercises for training

All of these practices enable employees to learn in the flow of work and perform tasks immediately after learning them. Without a mobile device, how would any of these on-the-spot experiences be delivered?

Employees also respond well to digital interactions with their colleagues, which is why:

  • 67% of organizations support informal peer-to-peer learning
  • 44% provide social/collaboration tools
  • 33% promote learner-created content as part of their strategy

These interactions would be limited and ineffective if employees didn’t have the means to communicate and connect with each other in real-time. Mobile makes all the difference.

Learning made simple with mobile

Today, mobile is the technology to beat for providing modern learning experiences. Because mobile enables the delivery of the best learning tools and technology, there’s no better aid to put in every learner’s hands.

Want to learn more about the first two high-impact learning practices? Check out how to deliver what learners need and how to think beyond the course. And, if you want the full scoop, read our Bringing Learning to Work eBook, or watch the on-demand Inkling and Brandon Hall webinar.

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