As Christmas approaches and the year 2015 comes to a close, here’s your somewhat fun round-up of some of the best mobile applications for learners and instructors on the move. Some of these may be new to you and you will find them useful going into 2016, whilst you may already find many of them indispensable.
We hope to have included something for everyone so that you and your staff can take learning away from the office and have a little fun increasing their knowledge.
Top 10 E-learning Apps of 2015
This app contains thousands of exercises and conundrums to help develop a learner’s skills in tackling problems and specific techniques in a diverse range of subjects like mathematics, engineering and physics.
Brilliant is free, and has versions for iOS and Android. The website serves as an interactive problem-solving forum for students from around the world.
2. RE: Shakespeare
A collaboration between Samsung Electronics UK and the Royal Shakespeare Company, RE: Shakespeare is an interactive guide to the Bard’s works, for Android – hosted by “Doctor Who” actor David Tennant.
The software uses interactive games and videos filmed with 360-degree cameras to immerse the learner in the activity on stage as it occurs. Initially, the focus is on “Much Ado About Nothing”, but there are links to and quotes from 19 other plays.
RE: Shakespeare was released to schools in September, and is free to download from Google Play.
For University Students
GoConqr runs on Android and iOS, and taps into more than 1.5 million learning resources worldwide. There’s a Web version of the app for cloud users.
Its emphasis is on organising and reviewing research materials and other sources, as a studying tool for learners on the move.
As its name suggests, this app for iOS and Android puts the focus on calculus, algebra, and other mathematical functions. It’s a problem-solver, but learners are advised to attempt their own solutions first, before consulting the app for calculated answers.
Like the other apps suggested here for starving university students, Mathway is free. There’s also a website for users who haven’t downloaded the app to their local machine.
An organisational tool for students, Pocket runs on Android and iOS. It empowers you to identify and bookmark online content such as academic texts, videos and articles so that you can refer to them later.
Pocket works like an online folder (similar to Dropbox and the like), where you can save the study materials you need. For desktop and laptop users, the service supports saving from the latest versions of Firefox and other major browsers. Materials may also be saved by emailing links to your Pocket.
BizMobile for BizLibrary gives business training co-ordinators access to over 6,000 courses.
The app runs on iOS and Android, and gives trainees database access with full search capabilities, and the ability to view course-related video content and supplementary training materials like PDF files.
You can download BizMobile free of charge, but you will have to pay about $5 per month for each employee given access to the course library.
7. Chief Learning Officer (CLO) magazine
Subscribing to Chief Learning Officer (CLO) magazine is free – as is the app, which ships for Android and iOS.
The CLO magazine app downloads each new edition of the publication to your device automatically, giving access to one of the eLearning industry’s top sources for news, leadership principles and trends in the business learning and training spheres.
You can view a maximum three months’ worth of back issues, browse CLO blog articles, and bookmark and save articles.
The lynda.com app for iOS and Android is free, and gives access to a limited set of free courses. For access to the full course library, you’ll need to pay a monthly fee of $25.
For that price, you’ll have your pick of Lynda’s 564 business courses, ranging from management training and content marketing to accounting fundamentals and advanced Adwords tutorials.
With the lynda.com app, learners can create playlists of their preferred courses, save and share course materials to view offline, and even use Airplay or Chromecast to stream course videos to TV.
9. Skill Pill
The Skill Pill app for Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows Phone takes a modular approach to providing content for learners. It gives access to brief training videos, or “Pills”, which focus on a range of topics like sales, marketing, management, and customer service.
Pills can be combined to give a unique blend of training materials to each learner. Custom courses may also be developed, on demand.
Skill Pill is free, with a limited set of Pills included as standard. To gain access to the entire library of courses, you’ll have to pay a subscription fee to log into the Skill Pill Web resource.
If you’re keen to include Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs in your corporate training programmes, then Udemy is a good place to start.
With support from Udemy for Organizations, the app gives learners access to any of the thousands of MOOCs available under the Udemy banner. Learners can view course-related articles on their own devices, watch presentations, and save course materials for offline viewing
If you want to create a course yourself, you’ll need to visit the Udemy website and use the resources there. And the app won’t permit you to monitor and track your learners or their level of progress.
The app ships for Android and iOS, and is free – but access to many of the courses requires a fee of some kind.
And that’s your lot.
Hopefully, you’ll find something here that grabs your interest, and suits your purpose.