Imagine having limitless learning courses on your smartphone that enable you to develop your skills from anywhere. Cool, right?

With the boom of mobile devices, Mobile learning has offered efficient corporate training solutions, especially in the medical industry. Many organizations prefer mobile learning as it is cost-effective and efficient. Also, the employees are able to access latest information and trends in the ever-changing industry. It is a win-win situation for all.

 

However, mobile learning technologies, just like any other technology, are ever on the move. This calls on the instructional designers to always think outside the box in providing engaging and interactive content for the learners. R. Buckminster Fuller once said, “If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don’t bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.” So, let’s look at these emerging technologies.

Augmented reality
Ever suffered through a boring training video that doesn’t have any interactive option? Now imagine yourself viewing a video which is visually appealing, interactive and stimulating. Welcome to virtual training reality known as augmented reality. This technology combines virtual environment with the real world to offer a stimulating and striking training experience. In the medical world, where mistakes are unforgivable, augmented reality has enabled interns get complex, high quality, and current content instantly. You can utilize tools like Layar for development and gain real-life experiences without hurting living patients.

Gamification
Everyone loves an engaging game, right? Games have been incorporated in mobile learning as it is stimulating and enhances employee’s engagement. A study conducted by the University of Colorado had shown that “those using video games had a 14% higher skill-based knowledge level, an 11% higher factual-knowledge level, and a 9% higher retention level rate than trainees in comparison groups. This has caused many pharmaceutical companies to use gamification for compliance and sales training. You can use EDGELIb, Unity3D and even Articulate Storyline to develop games.

Tin Can API
This latest technology, which is also known as Experience API, has been an answer to the challenged SCORM compliant Learning Management Systems. This technology can track learners’ activities such as social learning, simulations, and serious games beyond the boundaries of the LMS. Companies who realized that learning takes place beyond the working hours and the office walls, have embraced this new technology to train and engage its employees as it is also adaptable to their Learning Management Systems. You can use authoring tools like Articulate storyline, Adobe Captivate, and Lectora inspire to produce content that is compatible with Tin Can API.