What is mobile learning and why should your organization care?

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When you hear the term mobile learning, what ideas come to your mind?

To provide you with a definition that just scratches the surface, it’s learning carried out on mobile devices such as mobile phones, tablets, and laptops. But, mobile learning is more than a personal library of learning resources (which is already pretty awesome). What makes mobile learning so great is that it is inclusive. It overcomes the physical and financial constraints of traditional education or training methods. It is available to anyone with a connected device despite remoteness or conflicts.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela. If so, shouldn’t we ensure that everyone has access to it?

Even though trillions of dollars are spent on education every year globally, hundreds of millions of people are still left without access to learning. With mobile being the most used technology on Earth and an integral part in everyone’s daily lives, it is the most scalable tool to deliver learning. It is also the only cost-effective way to reach broad target audiences: thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even millions of people.

So why should you care?

  1. If you need to teach or train any skill to large target audiences. Whether you’re training employees, aspiring entrepreneurs, or field workers, the most resource efficient way to do it, is with mobile learning.

  2. If you want to reach more people with your awesome education or training material. Mobile learning can help you extend your reach to thousands or even millions easily and cost-effectively.

  3. If you believe that education belongs to everyone. Mobile learning has the potential to ensure that everyone on earth will have access to quality learning.

Does mobile learning replace existing training programs?

This is a question we often get here at Funzi. And the answer is no, not unless you want it to. Mobile learning works great as a stand-alone course, or as part of a blended learning model. In blended learning, mobile learning enhances the effectiveness of your traditional classroom teaching or on-site training. Users can learn anytime and at their own pace according to their schedules. This lets you reserve your onsite-sessions for hands-on exercises and collaborative activities, cutting down on costly resources associated with classroom trainings.

Are all mobile learning services the same? What differentiates Funzi from other e-learning or mobile learning services?

The main aspect that differentiates Funzi from other services is our ability to combine technical delivery of content with a proven and working pedagogy. This means that not only is it more accessible than ever to deliver learning or training to your target group, but the learning actually translates into behavioral change. Here are some other differences:

  1. Funzi’s data consumption is low, meaning that the service can easily be used in e.g. 2G networks without inducing high data costs. A full module of learning on Funzi consumes only ca. 2 megabytes of data: similar to one news article on a modern website or a couple of minutes of music streaming. This makes learning and training super accessible for the end-users.

  2. Funzi is not an application, it is a web app. Anyone can open funzi.mobi on any web browser and start learning. It works on all mobile devices with an Internet connection, from feature phones to the latest smartphones. There’s nothing to download, no ads, no hassle. Give it a try with our entrepreneurship course.

With Funzi, you’re not paying for a platform that still requires you to do work, you’re getting a turnkey solution that’s ready for you to start training, and for your target audience to start learning. We provide everything with a Software as a Service (SaaS) model. It requires zero software set up, zero IT resources, and zero mobile pedagogy expertise from your team. We’ll be able to save you lots of valuable time and money!

Does this sound like what you need? Send us a message and we’ll be happy to help you deliver the best learning and training experience!