[Update 10/18/17: This post has been updated to get rid of defunct apps, add two new apps, and update outdated information.]
According to Gartner, by 2018, 70% of mobile professionals will conduct work on their personal smart devices.
With worldwide smartphone shipments topping one billion per year it’s not surprising that businesses and employees are putting these tools to use with forward thinking BYOD (bring your own device) policies and mobile-accessible resources.
The question is, how are you putting corporate and employee mobile devices to work for your training program?
If you’re not yet ready to dedicate the resources to a homegrown native or online mobile eLearning app, don’t worry. There’s already plenty out there that you can use out-of-box to help with your business eLearning efforts.
Here are nine great apps for eLearning:
WordPress makes a great host for eLearning content, and the mobile option only adds to those capabilities. The mobile version does everything an app version of a full desktop website should do, taking away none of the functionality (writing, editing, posting, commenting, stats, and reporting are all available) while visually streamlining the site for a better user experience.
If you use WordPress for your courses, you’re missing out by not using the mobile site.
WordPress mobile is completely free, and is also available for Android.
2. Skill Pill
With options for iOS, Android, Windows phones, and Blackberry, the Skill Pill app allows you to provide bite-sized training videos (the eponymous “pills”) for your learners. Topics range from customer service, to management, to sales and marketing, and can be mixed and matched to provide a unique course per learner. Skill Pill can also develop custom courses.
The app is free, and some “Skill Pills” are included on download, but you need to pay for a login with Skill Pill to access the entire course library.
The official app from Moodle will only be useful for you if you currently use Moodle but, given that it’s one of the most popular LMSs out there, there’s a good chance you already do.
The Moodle app, available for both iOS and Android devices, while not a full-blown replacement for the Moodle interface, does allow you to upload files, download course resources for offline viewing, send messages, and track course participants.
This app is free.
Given that the third most popular LMS is Blackboard, and that it’s got a lot of utility for corporate learning, this app is a great addition to your existing Blackboard implementation. It gives you the ability to join web conferencing sessions, chat, view whiteboard content and presentations, and answer multiple choice questions. You can download this app on either an iOS device, or Android.
The app is free to download, but requires a hosted enterprise Blackboard Collaborate license to use.
This is essentially a simple course content creation tool for iOS devices. While you can’t share whiteboards in real time, the app does allow you to build and record different lessons, videos, and annotated images which you can then share with your learners via social media networks or email.
Ideal for instructional designers on the go, or when you need to whip up a quick performance support lesson for employees or techs in the field.
The app is free, but does feature in-app purchases.
Lynda.com offers a catalog of 564 business courses, including things such as content marketing, management training, advanced Google AdWords tutorials, and accounting fundamentals. The app, on iOS and Android, allows you to access courses, save and share courses for offline viewing, create course playlists, and stream course videos to a TV using Apple AirPlay and Chromecast, respectively.
The app is free, but access to Lynda.com’s course library starts a $19.99 a month for four users.
This mobile version of the popular UK-based E.Learning Age magazine comes in both iOS and Android flavors. The magazine covers news, case studies, and research from the eLearning space, and all of these can be accessed through the app. You can read the latest edition and bookmark articles, as well as highlight and save them for later.
This app is free.
Apple’s own presentation app is ideal for building course content on-the-go. Similar to PowerPoint, Keynote allows you to create presentations on your iOS device.
Easy saving via iCloud or Dropbox, and the ability to export in multiple formats make Keynote a great tool for building basic course content wherever you are.
This app is free.
9. iTunes U
Though it’s included for free on all iOS devices, this Apple app is sorely overlooked by instructional designers. Not only does it grant users access to a huge library of free and paid instructional content, including hundreds (or thousands) of business and skills courses, it also allows you to create your own courses to be used on learner’s iOS devices. While marketed at schools, vocational and professional learning is still an option with this tool.
Did we miss any great eLearning apps?
What’s your favorite eLearning app? Is it one that we listed, or are you shocked we missed something? Tell me about your faves in the comments below, or tweet me @CapterraHalden.
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