Here in sunny Singapore, we’ve been experiencing a fast-growing café scene over the past several years. With new cafes popping out relentlessly every other week, coffee lovers are pretty much spoilt for choice, and even the tea-drinkers like me.
In a sea of cafés across this tiny island-state, it’s indeed tough to stand out in the crowd. You can’t just compete on good coffee and food, because bar none that’s minimal requirement these days. Customers desire more: discerning café enthusiasts have come to expect an experience; quirky distinctions that affirm that they’re not just at a regular café, but they’re at the café.
So I think the company’s culture plays a huge part in getting people to sip coffee at their cafe over all the others – time and time again. (More so than funny ads, an aggressive use of Instagram and Twitter, or new products and promotions.)
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.
Whenever we discuss Mobile Learning, often the words “Performance” and “Support” will follow in the same breath.
While some argue that performance support isn’t learning per se, others are more supportive of the notion that it can be a form of mobile learning, pointing out that learning can take place in whatever situation where a person discovers something new, regardless of whether the source is an instructor or a job aid. And then there are those who bypass that debate altogether and assert that mobile learning and performance support are one and the same.