The changing trends in technology have generated a new and innovative way of learning through digital platforms. Mobile Learning or mLearning, is quickly becoming a popular way to access a variety of content and information through the use of multiple devices.
Mobile Learning also provides an opportunity to engage the learner while boosting their overall productivity. Corporate organizations are recognizing the value of mLearning, especially as it enhances the learning environment, increases participation and creativity and improves the company’s revenues.
There are 6 reasons to opt for mobile learning in corporate training-
Mobile learning is flexible in the sense that it allows the learners the freedom to complete their training when they choose. It also gives them more control over their learning sessions and they have a choice over which modules to complete first and which ones later. Also, in the current fast-paced lifestyle, mLearning is ideal in corporate training, as the training time can be outside busy work hours and learners can opt for it during their regular commute or in the comfort of their home.
2. Higher Retention Rate
Mobile Learning is highly learner-centric, delivering the content in parts and is very different from the traditional way of giving information through books and lectures. The content that is presented is also simplified and made concise. It also offers the option of going back and engaging with it again, if the learner has any queries. Furthermore, each module is created in such a way that it doesn’t take long for the learners to go through them. As a result, the learner can quickly complete a course before moving on to the next one.
3. Collaborative Learning
One of the important aspects of mLearning is that it facilitates learning in groups by establishing online communities where the learners can interact with one another. It can also easily integrate with apps and social media platforms to generate conversations about training and sharing experience and ideas, thereby creating a rich collaborative learning experience.
4. Higher engagement
Effective use of content design in mLearning ensures greater engagement of the learners. Puzzles, quizzes, interactive sessions and games make sure that the learner is able to not just learn, but enjoy the process of acquiring knowledge. This leads to greater retention of knowledge and the learner is able to recollect the modules easily. This is ideal for a corporate set-up, as most people are busy with their work, travel often and would be unable to go through pages of mere content. Also, the multi-device support available makes it easier for a person to access the courses through a variety of digital platforms such as PC, laptop, smartphone and tablet.
5. Tracking Progress
It is very easy to track a learner’s progress using mLearning platforms. They can also be assessed on the knowledge they have acquired and can access the course whenever it is needed. It thus becomes easier to provide feedback and compare a learner’s progress through the course as mobile learning allows the progress to be tracked.
6. Ideal for Telecommuting
In the current pandemic situation, more people are preferring to work remotely and hence without a consolidated platform to provide training, it becomes difficult for an organization to function. Hence, it becomes essential to digitalize the training modules, so that people can easily access them from their homes and the company can continue to run smoothly.
In conclusion, opting for mobile learning, especially in corporate training, not only removes formality from the learning process by making it more interactive, but also motivates and empowers individuals to develop the skills needed to increase their productivity, thereby contributing to the overall progress and development of the company.
Learning and instructing can be done by various strategies. The goal is to make learner understand the topic and have a positive approach towards learning. The learner must attempt to learn what is taught and how to apply it in everyday life.
In passive learning methods, a learner typically reads content and tries to absorb as much as possible. Scenario-based learning is an effective strategy where learners are given realistic tasks and scenes. Unlike passive learning methods, scenario-based learning is characterized by a lot of interactivity.
Scenario- based learning is especially effective in corporate training. It provides the learners with situations which require analysis and problem-solving skills. Dealing with a challenge helps a learner to accelerate their thinking processes and hone their decision-making skills.
Other key benefits of scenario-based learning are:
Higher Retention: Passive learning may or may not sustain the attention of an employee, and they can miss out on certain elements which may be essential for growth. In scenario-based learning, a learner devotes their full attention throughout as they solve issues and challenges.
Involvement: Since the learner is role-playing, he gets involved in the training and experiences it in-depth, staying engaged and taking part actively throughout the training program.
Enhancement of Skills: Scenarios need a learner to put on their problem-solving hat and apply their skills. This leads to enhancement of decision-making process and other skills like time management, analytical skills, resource management, etc.
Knowledge Application: More the practicality of learning, more its application in genuine life. Since a learner gets engaged as a part of the scenario, along with better retention, it also enables the application of the learnt content in a much better way to real-world situations.
Try Again Option: Being a problem solver in a simulated environment gives you the opportunity to fail and try again without real-life consequences. A learner can take the program multiple times safely with short feedback loops. They can try unique approaches to the same situation, gaining various perspectives and enhancing their skills.
Scenario–based learning should be built only after having a detailed knowledge of the subject and understanding the audience for the training program. The scenario can be a narrative with a single character or a situation with multiple characters. The success of the training program will depend on the learners’ perspective and understanding of the thought process of the character and the situation being simulated.
The idea, ultimately, is to motivate a learner to go further into detail and trigger interest and thought. If done well, the combined use of practice and problem-solving in scenario-based learning can go and long way in building and strengthening the learner’s knowledge, skills and confidence.
What are Soft Skills? Soft Skills are the personal qualities of a person that determines how well he/she can work or interact with others.
Soft skills are essential in various aspects in an organization – building relationships with people, creating trust, building brand and leading teams. Having good soft skills helps to get positive results from people even in difficult working environments. Good soft skills also help people adapt to changing situations.
Given that soft skills are important for any individual working in an organization, here are some tips of how you can develop your soft skills:
- Recognise the area of work in which you should improve.
- Always try working with a mentor who can provide you with feedback.
- Focus on communication skills. Read more books about public speaking and try to improve your communication by talking to other professionals and colleagues.
- Accept all positive and negative feedback and create a plan to action them.
A key aspect of having good soft skills is a positive attitude. That being said, there are times when you may not be in a position to do a task due to certain considerations. The correct thing to do is to say ‘No’ to it. However, a lot of people faced with the above situation, say ‘Yes’ to prevent themselves from being seen as lazy or unhelpful.
Here are some of the ways in which you can say no without blame…
- How to say No to your Boss: It can be a little frightening when your boss assigns you more work, when your current projects are expected to fully exhaust your bandwidth.
You can probably say: “I would have done it, but you have already assigned me to other projects. I am busy working on them, so I don’t think I can do this work…”
Also, consider this reply: “Thank you for thinking of me for this, but would you prefer I take this on after finishing the work on my other projects?”. This can help the Boss to assess the relative importance of tasks and assign you the task basis priority.
- How to say No to a Co-worker: Say, a co-worker asks you for your help. The work being discussed might not interest you. However, for the sake of politeness or your relationship, you may not want to say no. So, you lie and make an excuse to him/her.
Instead consider stating a reason closer to the actual problem: “I really appreciate you asking me for help. But I am terrible at handling content for social media. It is neither my skill set nor does it interest me very much. Why don’t we ask XXX for help instead?”
- How to say No to your Employees: Your employee comes to you with an idea, but you are already having a clear plan of what you are going to do.
Instead of saying ‘No, we will be working as per the guidelines of the boss’, try telling them: “We are thankful for your ideas but unfortunately, the plan has already been approved. Whenever, there is any change discussed we will definitely work your idea in as well.”
- How to say No to your Client: First of all, listen to your client fully. Don’t try to stop or cut her in the middle of her idea even though you want to. After hearing her, you may highlight your concerns and reservations on her idea. It is incumbent upon you to convince her of your point of view.
Remember, it is always better to say “No” and not do something than say “Yes” and not do something.