We recently announced our latest innovation, the gomo central app, which we feel transforms traditional e-learning distribution by targeting the personal devices of learners around the world using a native app.
So why are we so excited about this? Well, there are many reasons, but one of the clinchers is that by using a native app, training can take place on-the-go and in a non-traditional training environment – people can train without sitting down and thinking ‘now it’s time to learn’.
Just think about how often we use Google to settle a debate in the pub or how you watch a YouTube video before tackling DIY (or is that just me?). Mobile devices are always with us and that means they can help us out with anything from quiz questions to whenever we need them.
What do we mean by an app?
Sometimes e-learning courses get called apps. Sometimes content which is simply mobile ready or optimized for mobile is referred to as an app. By app, we mean that it’s downloaded from the Google Play or Apple App store just like Facebook, Whatsapp or Paypal. Having one central app allows gomo courses (which, without the app, are multi-device anyway) to be downloaded into the app for training purposes.
Sometimes a mobile learning course is packaged up into an app of its own, which in many cases works well, but if you would like learners to use devices to access a number of courses, having several apps individually hosted in public app stores soon gets messy.
What are the benefits of using an app for mobile learning?
A report by Flurry showed that mobile users spend on average 2 hours and 38 minutes a day on their iOS and Android connected devices. 80% of that time is spent in apps and only 20% is spent in a web browser, which puts apps in good stead for mobile learning. There’s also something to be said for knowing you have an app on your home screen which can quickly help you at work – learners might not always make the same connection with their browser as it requires some (only a little) effort.
Learn without an internet connection
One of the unavoidable problems of mobile learning and mobile usage, in general, is the battle for signal. With it, the world is in the palm of your hand but without it, you can’t do a great deal. A major benefit of using apps for mobile learning is the ability to get full use of an app with or without signal. Learners must first download courses within the app for offline use, but once this is out of the way, they are free to roam to the ends of the earth and they will still have their trusty mobile learning courses to help them out.
This is useful across the board but really comes into its own when you consider job roles and industries that aren’t always connected. Gas engineers, for example, could benefit from on-the-job training but the fluid nature of their role (visiting customers etc) means they can’t guarantee connectivity. By downloading courses for offline use, they can be safe in the knowledge that they have mobile learning at their disposal at all times.
Keeping learning content up to date
It’s one thing to give staff flexible access to learning but it’s important that learning stays up to date, especially where numbers, specifications, sales or compliance is involved. When learners go offline, it’s a worry that content can quickly go out of date. With the gomo central app, each and every time a device reconnects to the web, the app checks for updates across all courses, ensuring staff are absorbing the most relevant and up-to-date training.
Tracking learning offline
As with course updates, every time a device reconnects to the web after a period of offline learning, all of the app’s insightful xAPI analytics are sent back to gomo, allowing training teams to get the full picture of offline and online learning.
The global launch of the gomo central app takes place at Learning Technologies 2016 in early February, with an online event taking place on February 24th for those who won’t make it to the London exhibition. In the webinar, gomo MD Mike Alcock will cover the problems associated with distributing content to devices and how the gomo central app can help you to overcome them.