Mobile learning in the workplace – you’re doing it wrong!
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This blog post is contributed by Nabeel Ahmad, Mobile Learning Thought Leader, IBM Learning Developer
You may know about eLearning, where knowledge transfer happens over digital channels. You’ve probably consumed some form of eLearning, whether watching a YouTube video on how to replace a bicycle chain or taking an online course in history. eLearning began with teachers creating digital copies of readings with no enhancement over the paper version. Educators have learned much since then, mainly that there are more effective methods than porting courseware from one medium to another. Yet, the same thing happened with mobile. It is not imperative to develop learning material specifically for mobile. However, when the context of using that material changes as a result of being in a new environment, the way to deliver that information must also change.
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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. This presents an opportunity for enterprises to deliver learning to their mobile employees. Mobile learning (mLearning) met the same initial fate as eLearning, where digital courseware was ported to mobile devices. Why is this an issue? Three reasons are prominent:
Why is it important for enterprises to be aware of mLearning? A growing number of workforces are mobile, with sellers, consultants, managers and executives being the most mobile. It is in an enterprise’s best interest to enable mobile employees to develop personally and have access to resources that let them do their job better from wherever they are.
Are you interested in implementing mobile learning but don’t know where to start? Consider these tips:
Mobile learning in the workplace is an opportunity to develop employees and improve productivity. The ones at greatest risk are those who do nothing. Be bold and you will be great.
Nabeel Ahmad helps lead IBM's internal mobile learning strategy, focusing on access to educational and performance support opportunities for on-the-go IBMers. Nabeel is an adjunct professor at Columbia University where he teaches graduate-level courses on Mobile Phone Learning and Social Media for Learning. Follow Nabeel on Twitter at @nabeeloo.
Nabeel is an IBM Redbooks thought leader