In today’s always connected world, mobile devices are integral to our lives. A digital Swiss Army knife with more tools than you’ll ever need.
No longer chained to their desks, consuming content when they have the time, learners now have a desire for instant access to information, wherever they are - and mobiles are a key contributor. According to Deloitte (State of the Smart), 91% of UK adults that own a mobile use it daily.
Hardly surprising therefore that people are demanding the same consumer grade experiences in their workplace, mirroring the way they learn in their everyday lives.
The result is that the Learning Management System (LMS) has never been a more vital platform for corporate learning.
The role of the learning management system in today's mobile world
- The proliferation of mobile and microlearning means there are more data points than ever before. In a world of big data, as L&D professionals an LMS is essential to help us create a meaningful picture of what is happening amongst our learners.
- Online learning design itself has become more complex and complicated. Once we used to be able to just track page clicks using simple SCORM analytics. Today you must add new statements and Experience API generated data and new learning habits. Without an LMS with a built-in Learning Record Store (LRS) it will be impossible to pull these data sources together and record all learning experiences, not just digital learning.
- The LMS enables us to take full advantage of the benefits of mobile devices for on demand learning and performance support. A good LMS will come with its own Apps to deliver learning anytime, anywhere, on any device.
- An easy-to-use LMS is even more important in today’s mobile world. If finding, accessing and consuming learning content is intuitive, then learning experiences are more likely to be enjoyed and repeated. Don’t forget the Admin experience - they too need an easy-to-use LMS to be able to manage, schedule and deliver the learning programmes.
- Some LMSs also enable the creation and sharing of content on the fly. With mobiles we can all produce videos and the LMS helps put the power of learning content creation into the subject expert’s palm.
- Social learning and collaboration is all about mobile. Today’s social, mobile LMSs enable people to learn through collaboration and by working together more closely.
- Increasingly, people from different functions are using their mobiles for work and are working more remotely than ever, while travelling, away from their usual office, in the field or at home. As L&D professionals we need to think about how different people work when they are out of the office, from sales and finance to production and operations, and provide them with an LMS that is universally accepted to support their and their team’s learning needs.
The bottom line is that learning today is mobile and social, and the LMS has a fundamental role to play in enabling and managing this. Your digital learning effectiveness is only going to be as good as your LMS, so make sure yours is one that is able to maximise today’s opportunities to deliver modern learning experiences, where learning becomes part of everyday life.
In a world where learning is continuous and less formal than ever before, it pays dividends if your LMS can provide a holistic view of the learning experiences taking place across your organisation. An LRS enables organisations to track, measure and analyse learning activities that occur both inside and outside of the LMS. With features like this you’ll be able to see the full impact of your learning programmes and personalise and optimise individual learning experiences.
A blog by Tim Buff
Tim writes about innovations in digital learning. Connect with Tim on LinkedIn.
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