Learning & Development

9 Essentials Your Workplace Learning Apps Need in 2019

Mobile learning will continue to trend upward at a staggering pace inside and across workplaces in 2019, and it is currently projected to be worth $37.6 billion by 2020. And one of the mobile learning trends that will dominate in 2019 in particular is app-based learning.


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If you want your mobile learning strategy to remain competitive in 2019, you’ll want to make sure your learning apps have these nine elements.

1. Personalization

Learners who don’t encounter relevant and personalized learning experiences on a rolling basis will not become immersed in their own learning experiences or see the relevance of their learning apps and will become disengaged with them, especially remote and mobile learners.
And this will lead to much lower returns on investment for your mobile app-based learning strategies and initiatives. Personalization was critical to mobile learning in 2018 and will continue to be in 2019 via mobile apps, too.

2. Gamified Experiences

When learners can follow their own avatars, collect badges, and earn points or other incentives as they learn, they become more engaged in their learning experiences.
For more details, read “A Brief Guide: Video Games and Workplace L&D” Part 1 and Part 2.

3. Video Content

Because video content will make up more than 80% of all global Internet traffic by 2021, you’ll want to make sure that your mobile learning apps are full of video content that’s easy to access.
For more insight, review “Embracing Video-Based Learning Content in the Workplace.”

4. Access to Coaches or Mentors and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)

As your learners engage with learning content on their mobile apps, make sure that they can reach out to SMEs or virtual coaches or mentors with any questions. This way, they can have common questions answered or be encouraged to seek answers to problems on their own. Learn more about how you can do this with chatbots.

5. Real-Time Micro-Assessments

Newer and younger workplace learners want more instantaneous feedback. And you can provide them with that via mobile learning apps that offer micro-assessments that take less than a few minutes to complete. Micro-assessments also ensure more long-term knowledge retention.

6. Curated Content

You will want to rely on other reputable outside or third-party sources for more learning content for your mobile learning apps (especially video content) alongside your in-house learning content in 2019.
Otherwise, if you don’t curate your learning content, you will never be able to meet your learners’ growing demand for personalized or relevant learning content and experiences.

7. Offline Access and Support

Make sure your learners can still access their learning apps and resources without an internet or Wi-Fi connection, especially if you don’t want their learning profiles or data to be inconsistent.

8. Additional Learning Resources

Offer additional learning materials and resources for your learners to access inside their learning apps. This way, it will be easier for them to engage deeper with a subject or topic, and they won’t have to leave your learning app to get the answers they seek.

9. Push Buttons and Notifications

Remind learners to take an assessment or to complete a module in their mobile learning course with notifications. And allow them to easily navigate your learning app with push buttons that are easy to understand and follow.
While the above list isn’t exhaustive, you’ll want to make sure that your mobile learning apps have these nine items that are mentioned on it in 2019.

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