M-learning to be prioritised in coming years, study finds
More than 70 per cent of companies from last year's Towards Maturity benchmark study of 500 organisations plan to implement m-learning in the next two years.
That was according to a report entitled Mobile Learning at Work, which identifies the key trends in m-learning, helping organisations understand how their peers are using this growing learning technology and how to plan effectively. The independent report has been commissioned by Towards Maturity's Ambassador, Upside Learning, a provider of mobile learning and learning management systems.
The study is designed to help both companies that are new to m-learning and those wishing to learn from organisations that are achieving substantial benefits. It highlights that businesses using mobile technologies in learning are reporting more staff and business benefits than those who are not.
More than 30 per cent (34 per cent) of mobile users report that e-learning has contributed to improvements in organisational productivity (compared to 20 per cent of non-mobile users), a quarter report it has made a significant contribution to increasing organisational revenue (compared to 20 per cent of non-mobile users) and 29 per cent of mobile users agree that learners put what they learn into practice quickly (compared to 24% of non-mobile users).
Laura Overton, managing director of Towards Maturity, said: "Even though some large organisations have started using mobile technology to empower their workforce, for most the question still remains - how do we actually use it in the workplace?
"Training departments are unsure how to design, develop and implement a successful m-learning strategy that works for their organisations. This report gives practical ideas to help address the perceived challenges faced, build confidence in the results and support the implementation of m-learning in the workplace. I encourage L&D professionals to download the report and use the checklists to review their m-learning approach."
The report reveals the industry sectors with the highest use of mobile devices are: Consultancy (80 per cent); Commercial training providers (60 per cent); Further and higher education (55 per cent) and IT and telecoms (55 per cent). Private sector organisations are more likely to be using m-learning than those in the public or not-for-profit sectors.
Amit Garg, director of custom learning solutions at Upside Learning, said: "Mobile learning is now on the agenda of many organisations, but there is a lack of independent research and evidence in the market to help organisations plan and execute their strategies appropriately.
"The Towards Maturity In-Focus report offers deep insights into learning scenarios, debunking some of the myths hampering the adoption of this technology and helping organisations adopt m-learning in a way that delivers results."