A Skillsoft report titled “The State of Mobile Learning in India” reveals that the vast majority of Indian employees consider mobile learning a useful practice that increases learning engagement and boosts their work efficiency. The research highlights several gaps in learning and development and delineates ways organizations can leverage mobile learning to meet employee demand.
The research insights are based on the responses of 545 decision makers and learners (employees engaged in mobile learning) in 16 countries in the Asia Pacific region.
The report highlights that mobile learning adoption is just 27% in Indian organizations, even though 8 in 10 employees consider mobile learning useful. A total of 83% of employees say that mobile learning offers them a competitive advantage in their industry.
Aruna Telang, the Consulting Services Manager for Asia Skillsoft, said:
“For many in India, mobile has become their platform of choice, where employees are empowered to access learning on demand. Companies seeking to adapt to this new reality need to quickly evolve their learning strategies and better understand the needs of their workforce in order to ensure high learner engagement and the program’s effectiveness.”
93% of mobile learning users say that it benefits them while 82% of the respondents arguing mobile learning improves business efficiency.
Video tutorials are the most popular learning format with slideshows and active participation ranked second and third respectively. The researchers identified an opportunity to increase mobile learning adoption by creating more video learning resources. The researchers also identified a disparity as to the 55% of learners who favor simulations as a learning format and only 27% of organization actually offering this kind of learning.
Vinay Pradhan, Country Manager for Skillsoft in India, says decision makers in the country can no longer ignore the 173 million mobile Internet users and that:
“Cloud-based learning is evolving to match the expectations of the mobile employee where learning opportunities often occur throughout the day. If it is done right, mobile learning offers knowledge at the touch of one’s mobile devices which can establish continuous employee development and provide organizations with better skilled human capital and greater competitive edge.”
Apart from engaging in mobile learning, many users are keen to be involved in the design skill development process as well. Among the polled individuals, 63% said they were involved in some aspect of mobile learning planning or development, MoneyControl highlights.
In terms of topics covered via mobile learning in organizations, employee productivity best practices and skill training are two subjects with eager learners but a scarcity of mobile learning resources.
Overall, both learners and organizations agree that the benefits of mobile learning outweigh costs. Mobile learning barriers include additional operating costs and security and infrastructure concerns.
45% of the surveyed organizations said they’re planning to offer mobile learning opportunities to their employees in the future.