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How Do Mobile Learning Exercises Help Build Organisational Capability?

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Just so we’re all on the same page re definitions: Mobile learning is portable training accessible through the internet using personal devices such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets. It’s a popular method of delivering quick, bite-sized learning on the go, making it a good choice for supporting organisational capability. 

Why are mobile learning exercises good for building organisational capability? 

Unsurprisingly, mobile learning exercises have become more popular in recent years as classrooms and workplaces alike continue their digital transformation. It comes as no surprise that organisations are using it to help build organisational capability within their businesses. 

Learning on the go 

Unlike classroom-based learning, mobile learning can be done anywhere at any time, as long as you have a mobile device. With the power to learn at your fingertips, employees are more likely to participate in training of their own accord, increasing engagement with the material. It also means you can learn at your own pace, eliminating the stress of trying to keep up during a one-time scheduled course. 

Completion rate and high retention 

Bite-sized content is an easier workload to manage than big, long-winded courses containing dense information, which can easily overwhelm. This means a higher chance of completing content as well as a higher chance of retaining knowledge. 

As a supplement to formal training 

Sometimes mobile learning exercises are more effective as a supplement to your more traditional internal courses. We already said big scheduled training courses had the potential to be overwhelming, but the addition of mobile learning can help break down the material given into digestible sizes, further reinforcing learning of organisational capability. 

What challenges does mobile learning face when it comes to organisational capability? 

Of course, there are also challenges to mobile learning exercises. Let’s unpack the challenges mobile learning exercises face when building organisational capability. 

Disconnection from peers 

Organisational capabilities aren’t concepts that exist in a vacuum. They require not only the individual’s competency, but that of the workforce as a whole. So, having your employees train remotely without opportunities to collaborate or communicate with others can be detrimental to your organisation overall, affecting their ability to problem-solve and build relationships with a team. 

Data security 

This is a big one. Given organisational capability encapsulates everything from skills to systems, you don’t want to have business-critical information compromised. The challenge here stems from the need to create a safe environment in which learners can access and use mobile training resources. 

Cross compatibility 

Today, employees have a variety of mobile devices at their fingertips from which they can access mobile learning. But therein lies the issue: Variety in devices leads to variety in formats, and you need to make sure your organisational capability training is compatible across all platforms if you want to effectively deliver learning. 

The impacts of not having mobile learning exercises as part of building organisational capability 

So what happens when you don’t use mobile learning exercises to build organisational capabilities? 

We mentioned that scheduled instructor-led learning in classroom setting can be frustrating or even overwhelming for learners due to the amount of information covered at once. Without supplementing it with mobile learning to assist in breaking that information down into more digestible pieces, your employees could end up struggling with the workload. If learners are overwhelmed or frustrated, they’ll be less engaged and less likely to retain the learning material. 

Not only this, but the flexible nature of mobile learning allows your learners to pick up learning whenever they feel like it, which isn’t possible if the only learning provided is a more traditional, scheduled learning program. Having to wait until scheduled learning events are on (rather than chipping away at learning whenever you have a free moment) wastes time.

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