In today’s fast-paced workplace, we want to know things immediately, things that match our needs just as they arise, and then we want to go do something about the know-how we just got a few seconds ago. Not surprisingly, search engines have become our go-to channel for that: research has shown that more than 70% of employees will use online searches, first before anything else, to learn what they need on the job¹. And increasingly, mobile devices are our preferred tools: reseach shows that 91% of smartphone users will use their devices to help them carry out their tasks at work².
In the future, I imagine arriving at work via a teleportation machine like the ones they had on Star Trek; which would beat having to jostle for space on the public commute.
I also imagine working alongside human colleagues and robotic colleagues. Preferably robots which come equipped with both jaw-dropping features aka EVE from Wall-E, and a heart-warming disposition aka Wall-E from Wall-E.
Bringing mobile learning to the organisation is challenging. There are indeed barriers that need to be broken down to capitalize on the opportunities of mobile technology. And as we contemplate the challenges and the barriers ahead of us, sometimes we get a tad overwhelmed, so much so that we fail to launch. Instead, we choose to wait. We wait to go mobile.
But why should barriers hold us back? When we can find alternative solutions that will enable mobile learning in our organisations. And when your competition isn’t just going to hang back and wait either.
Myths – they’re a pervasive part of our lives.
For instance: “Don’t feed your kid that candy bar, it’ll make her hyperactive!” is advice that you might have heard several times in your life, and might have actually taken – along with that Kit Kat from your child.
People who offer such advice are often well-meaning folks, but they might be completely misinformed. Spreading falsehoods or half-truths that lead to confusion, create obstructions, or cause unnecessary fear.
Now, even the Mobile Learning space is no stranger to myths, as well as such myth-spreaders.
The mlearning movement has gained much momentum in recent years in both the educational and corporate spaces. And it’s expected to advance rapidly in the time to come, on the back of developments in mobile learning software, the quality of mobile devices, high speed networks, and the impressive growth in the use of mobile devices. This will enable mobile learning providers to not only deliver an improved learning experience across mobile devices, but also reach a larger number of people.