For years, organizations have looked forward to “going mobile” with training programs for employees, customers and partners. Today, that vision has become a workplace imperative.
Research tells us that mobile learning is foremost on the minds of training decision makers. And, as a next-generation LMS developer, it’s one of our top priorities. But a superior mobile learning experience requires a strategy that fits into today’s fluid enterprise IT environment.
That’s why we asked Aragon Research CEO, Jim Lundy, to join us for a special “Mobile First Learning” webinar (replay here). As Jim prepared for the event, he wrote about the mobile learning landscape…
The Shift to Mobile Learning — Business Leaders Are Not Waiting
By Jim Lundy, Aragon Research CEO and Lead Analyst
When it comes to tech talk, mobile is one of the hottest terms today. But when it comes to enterprise learning, mobile has always been over-hyped, and under-delivered. Now, in 2014, business leaders are looking for and seeking out better ways to deliver learning to their users. This means learning and development leaders must respond. This blog post is about why and how it’s time to focus on the shift to mobile learning.
Defining “Mobile First”
While most talent and learning technology providers now offer a mobile app as part of their cloud offerings, many do little more than mimic the browser interface in their existing application. “Mobile first” is about going further and combining capabilities into a new experience.
“Mobile first” means going further. When an app does that, it often becomes wildly popular with users.
For business users, mobile learning means enabling them to take classes on their tablet – online or offline. For managers, it’s about tracking the progress of a class. Mobile learning requires getting the right information to a sales or a call center agent right before a call — something we are starting to call predictive learning.
Overcoming Learning Content Issues
One of the challenges in the shift to mobile learning is legacy content that is often based on Adobe Flash. This means the content will not play on a tablet, such as an iPad.
Legacy content should not be holding back the shift to mobile. Yet, in most cases, it is the number one reason why L&D departments are waiting to move forward with mobile learning enablement.
Business Is No Longer Waiting for Learning to Catch Up
Enterprise business leaders often are not waiting for L&D leaders to go mobile. In many cases, they are seeking out alternative solutions to support mobile delivery. Typically, they’re choosing this route because their counterparts at competitive organizations have already taken action.
The good news is that there are ways to leverage mobile capabilities so that “mobile first” is a priority for learning. In addition, there are ways to solve the legacy content dilemma.
I’ll be discussing this and more at the “Mobile First Learning” Webinar on August 28th. Don’t miss it. >> “Replay the “Mobile First Learning” Webinar now.
Is your business facing challenges in moving forward with mobile learning? Please share your comments below. Or tweet questions/concerns anytime, along with the hashtag #mobilelrn. We’ll include as many as time permits in the webinar Q&A discussion.
About The Author: Thanks to our guest contributor, Jim Lundy, Founder and CEO of enterprise technology research and advisory firm, Aragon Research — where he also serves as lead analyst for collaboration, mobile, social, content management, user interface and knowledge.
Jim has over 29 years of technology evaluation, management and marketing experience — including 12 years at Gartner, where he formed and led the Collaboration and Social Software Research Team, and served as lead analyst for Enterprise Content Management and Corporate Learning. Connect with Jim on LinkedIn or Twitter.