Need-to-know information is constantly changing for healthcare professionals, and staffing challenges make taking time away from patient care increasingly difficult.
Training often gets overlooked, which can lead to employee burnout, low staff morale, and ultimately poor outcomes. Mobile training lets you build training into your business process so that your team can learn on their schedule.
As healthcare facilities already struggle to keep patient load down, training and development efforts can seem like the least of concerns, but smart investments in training pay real performance dividends. Below are three of the top issues facing training and development in healthcare and how mobile learning can help solve them.
Like training, healthcare is complicated. Patients are scared or unwell, families are worried about their loved ones, and doctors, nurses, and hospital staff are doing their best to ensure their patients are receiving the best treatment available.
This complexity is part of why leading hospitals and clinics around the world are adopting mobile technology for training. Mobile devices have proven pedagogical advantages over traditional eLearning and are extremely portable, easy to use, and owned by nearly everyone. This—combined with emerging strategies for training delivery and talent development—creates opportunities to increase motivation, engagement, and knowledge retention and reduce training costs by making training and performance support resources available at learners’ fingertips.
Several years ago, the golden rule was that every company needed a website. Now, every company needs its own mobile app. But mobile apps aren’t just for loyalty programs, online sales, and customer service. Top companies in every industry are also turning to mobile apps for training.
Let’s face it: knowledge is power. Training your employees on policies and standards, keeping them abreast of new products and trends, and improving their skills in the workplace gives your company the edge it needs to succeed in an increasingly crowded market. Mobile training combines revolutionary pedagogical approaches to learning with the convenience and flexibility of mobile technology to drastically improve your training efforts while also reducing your training costs. And in the business world—that’s called competitive advantage.
Still not convinced? Below are four important reasons why your company needs to invest in a mobile app for training:
Distance learning, eLearning, LMS, LXP—there are tons of terms floating around about how technology is revolutionizing the way we learn. But when it comes to business, mobile learning—or mLearning—is gaining traction and here to stay.
mLearning uses mobile technology to deliver learning and training materials that are context-aware, on-demand, and just in time. It’s less structured and formal than a traditional eLearning course, focusing less on memorizing and knowledge retention and more on skill and experience. Learners are able to quickly access key data and review relevant information about a task to improve their productivity and make better-informed decisions in real time. And the more mobile technology grows, the easier it will be to harness this potential for company-related training and knowledge dissemination.
A lot of articles have been written explaining the benefits and opportunities that mLearning offers companies looking to train their workforce. But a company is more than just its employees—it’s also its partners, suppliers, vendors, clients, and customers. This non-employee external audience is called your “extended enterprise,” and mLearning provides the capability to disseminate knowledge and training, grow branding, and provide support for each group.
Microlearning is one of the biggest trends in all of educational technology—and for good reason. When designed correctly, the short, bite-sized chunks of information provide ample opportunity for learning, skill development, and knowledge retention.
But what is microlearning? Microlearning is a learning strategy that offers short, task- or goal-oriented content that is focused on a specific topic, skill, or learning goal and presented in engaging and easily applicable ways, such as a short training video, an infographic, or a checklist of steps for solving a problem.