Why employees need an LMS app and the flexibility to learn offline

December 16, 2021 By Júlia Verdaguer

As more than half of the world’s population uses mobile devices to access the internet, companies and organisations have started prioritising learning on-the-go. By embedding LMS apps for mobile learning into their L&D strategy, organisations are able to engage employees with streamlined, ad hoc micro-learning that they can access when and where they need.

Clearly, and somehow paradoxically, one of the top benefits of a mobile LMS app is the possibility to provide offline learning. That is, enabling learners to use their LMS even when they are not connected or have limited access to the internet. From accessing courses and documentation, to completing assignments or assessments, offline learning multiplies the ‘learn any time, anywhere’ possibilities of mobile learning. Let’s have a look at why.

Enable learning in the flow of work

The concept of learning in the flow of work, coined by Josh Bersin, refers to the need and ability of employees to quickly access learning content while they are on the job, rather than dedicating specific time to learn (the time that employees dedicate to slow down and learn is less than 25 minutes per week). Employees want to have access to relevant information and knowledge right when they need it, and many use their mobile device during work to find information to do their job. Unfortunately, internet connection is not always reliable – and that’s where an LMS app with offline learning, containing the knowledge base and information employees need, allows employees to easily access learning in the flow of daily workplace responsibilities and activities..

Provide complete flexibility to learn

Learning opportunities happen in very diverse places, at unpredictable times. Being able to access content and keep learning even when they’re not connected to the internet or not at a traditional workplace, enables people to take these learning opportunities as they occur, whether it’s during commutes, on micro-moments during work for those who don’t have a desk job, or in remote areas without stable internet access.

So, how does a learning app work offline?

An offline learning app, like the Moodle Workplace app, enables learners to access courses, complete programs, reply to discussions or submit assignments when it is convenient to them with no or limited internet connection. Naturally, an internet connection is required both to download the app and download the learning content and activities. After that, the learner can continue their learning offline, and connect back to the internet to sync their activity.

All in all, a mobile learning app that supports offline learning enables organisations to capitalise on the omnipresence of mobile devices and the desire for learners to learn in bits or through microlearning without depending on connectivity.


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