Today, there are more mobile devices than babies are born. For trainers and educators the message is clear: mobile must be a key part of your training plan or you will be left behind. But, that doesn’t mean that learners want PowerPoint presentations on their mobile devices. Content needs to be adapted for the purpose to be truly effective. It should be simple, accessible and should meet the specific requirements of the different devices.
So you’ve heard of mobile learning, but you aren’t sure if it’s right for your company. Rather than just looking to use mobile learning because it's the latest trend, you need to focus on identifying why it can really support your learning training strategy.
Still not sure about implementing Mobile Learning? Consider these eye-opening statistics published by different organizations such as ASTD, iPass, Towards Maturity and Ambient Insight. Data from their most recent surveys reveal some interesting facts that you might be interested in.
Mobile devices, to which more than 75 percent of the world now have access (World Bank, 2012), are quickly becoming the device of choice for both personal and business use. In this context, the term mLearning is gaining more importance and has become a point of interest for everyone in the training industry. Whether if you’re in the eLearning industry or not, the term “mLearning” is a fairly new strategy and thus the terminology associated with mLearning can be a bit confusing.
Identifying the benefits of mobile learning in corporate training can be very simple.But beyond the obvious benefits, motivating your workforce to take away time from their spare time to do their training with mobile devices, requires a significant change in the way you design training programs. These should be:
In the business world, every day we have less time to investigate, analyze, train, make decisions ... Meetings, documents, reports, goals to achieve ... it requires employees to be very efficient in time management to fulfill their tasks.
Probably you should be asking yourself what, then, should be my first steps towards this mobile technology? First of all, you must learn it by heart. There are a lots of online resources for beginners, intermediates and experts. The W3 Schools, Treehouse, HTML5 Rocks are all good starting points. But also, if you want to go hardcore, you can delve into the W3C Specification, which is the bare bones real deal, so to speak; and the HTML Language Reference.