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In 2014, the number of mobile users exceeded the number of desktop users for the first time in history. According to Education Sector Factbook, eLearning is expected to grow at an average of 23% by 2017.This means that the default content access points will be mobile phones, laptops, and tablets, which are quickly becoming more powerful and “smarter” than ever. Many people are now using mobile technology to increase knowledge retention, engagement, and productivity.

Wearable technology is a category oftechnologydevicesthat can be worn by an individual and often include tracking information. Other wearable tech gadgets include devices that have small motion sensors to take photos and sync with your mobile devices.

Google Glass, Oculus Rift, and the Apple Watch are just three of the more popular wearable gadgets. Smartwatches have small screens, but the watch has applications for in-the-moment, on-the-job performance improvement such as alerting a worker when they are performing a task incorrectly or unsafely through motion-sensor technologies and offering personal coaching. Wearable tech devices give learners the opportunity to interact with the subject matter in a more dynamic way. They also make eLearning more accessible and engaging for the learner, even those who may not have time to receive formal training.

Wearable technology has many applications in the workforce too.

  • Health and Wellness- Activity data collected from FitBit wristbands can be tied into employee incentive programs. According toGartner, around 2,000 companies worldwide offered their staff fitness trackers in 2013, rising to 10,000 in 2014. The firm predicts that by 2016 most companies with more than 500 employees will offer fitness trackers.
  • Safety- In industries with high-risk roles - such as mining and oil and gas - wearables can play a critical role in safety. Truck drivers at Rio Tinto's coal mines in Hunter Valley, Australia, for example, have been using adevice called "SmartCap"which looks like a regular baseball cap but has sensors to detect the alertness. It provides an early warning of when a driver is approaching a "microsleep," designed to reduce fatigue-related accidents.
  • Operational Efficiencies- The "pickers" who work inAmazon warehouseswear GPS tags and have a handheld scanner that tells them the most efficient route to take to collect an item for delivery.

E-Learning in the workforce can be more effective and engaging with the use of mobile technologies. This sector will only continue to grow and expand, with new technologies coming on the market everyday. The use of mobile technologies in the workplace training helps to make practical application of job requirement and bring long-term value to the company. 

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