Top 10 Features You Should Look For in a Mobile Learning App
If you’ve been considering using a mobile learning app, whether it be to learn a new skill or to deliver a course, in our latest post we’re looking at 10 of the top features you should look for so that you can get the best app for the job.
- Microlearning: a mobile learning course should follow the concept of microlearning. Microlearning was practically made for mobile because it’s a method of delivery that splits information into bite-sized, content-focused, easily digestible segments that can be accessed anywhere, anytime.
- Gamification: For some learners, feeling like they’re not learning can work wonders. This is why gamification is an important feature. By transforming lessons into games, retention rates and engagement can be significantly increased. Furthermore, the best apps will also offer real prizes that make gamification even better.
- Mobile-focused authoring tool: One of the most important features on mobile learning apps are the rapid authoring tools that allow educators to update and release information in real-time. In order for this to be most effective, an app should have a mobile-focused authoring tool for the up most convenience for the user.
- Social learning: Considering how often social media is used today, incorporating social learning into mobile learning apps is a big bonus. People access social media platforms from their mobile devices constantly, so, if an app offers an option for learners to engage with other learners and teachers in a similar way, it can contribute to their effectiveness.
- Responsive learning: In order to keep users engaged, content should be responsive. The rise of mobile learning and the use of smaller screens should mean that software is designed with mobile at the forefront. A poor user experience because the content wasn’t developed for mobile will ultimately contribute to poor engagement.
- Access anywhere: One of the most attractive features of mobile learning is that the content can be accessed anywhere. So, it goes without saying that a mobile learning app must be able to be picked up no matter where the user is or what they’re doing.
- Just in time training: Because learning from a mobile device can be carried out anywhere, it makes for one of the best methods of ‘just in time training’. Allowing users to access the content at the click of a button, either during a training process or as they prepare for a meeting, for example, will help them to apply what they’ve learnt to real-world situations.
- Spaced repetition: Spaced repetition refers to the process of repeating learning over increasing intervals. However, for it to be an effective approach to learning, it’s important not to repeat it too late or too soon. A good mobile learning app will offer the features that get spaced repetition just right for the best results.
- Valuable content: Of course, beyond all of the features, it’s important that the content is actually of value. High-quality content will be worthy of reading, developed with the target consumer in mind and most importantly, be engaging.
- Push notifications: Having the ability to allow push notifications is another important feature of mobile learning apps. Simply put, it will allow you to keep up to date with all of the relevant information you need to complete or create your course successfully.
If ten features aren’t enough for you, you can check out more features here. Simply put, the best mobile learning apps will be easy to use, with quality content and the additional features that will keep users engaged and increase success rates.