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The corporate learner has gone mobile

The corporate learner has gone mobile

Category: Mobile Learning

Today, the reality is that learners are mobile and are working outside the traditional office environment.

For some, that means a regular visit to a coffee shop, for others, it means working at home with an occasional visit to a traditional office. For either scenario, organisations must change rapidly to accommodate this – so make sure it’s on your ‘to do’ list.

This article aims to add some specific evidence-based measures in global mobile learning technologies. So much has been written about the millennial generation and I don’t want to weigh in here – other than to assert that any successful piece of learning content must be available in an engaging microlearning form, mobile capable and online-based.

The Agylia Learning Technology Research Project report shows the value and engagement potential of mobile learning for any business. The report adds considerable value to the proposition that mobile learning is the leading learning engagement model and shows how to derive the best possible outcomes from: a) the learner and b) the organisation. This includes aspects such as content access and type and willingness on the learners’ part (and therefore outcomes for the organisation) to engage and complete much of that learning in downtime or free time.

If mobile learning is not underway in your organisation – or at least in the planning stages – you run the risk of falling well behind in the hiring of great employees to keep the business momentum heading forward. New tech savvy employees place great importance on the value of learning and training, spurning those businesses that do not provide appropriate resources.

Does this matter to your business? I think so. It all relates to building, supporting and fostering a culture of learning.

At this point, it would be helpful to suggest that there are a couple of other areas where a learning management system (LMS) can bring you closer to today’s world of learning. The two areas – vitally important for mobile learning – are the Experience API (xAPI) and a Learning Record Store (LRS).

Both are key aspects that add overall value to the ability to record, track and report on external learning and the skills added; external courses undertaken by your learners, adding to their individual measurable skills; capability and a competence map. This supports and develops a culture of learning, showing you, as an organisation, how to recognise and encourage personal development and learning.

Corporate organisations are changing and being challenged in the same way as education institutions are, with a clear and dynamic shift from an ‘institution centric’ (in-house model) to a ‘student centric’ (mobile one). The parallels here are clear as companies continue to move away from industrial business practices to a new found desire to lead a balanced life, supported by technology.

The upside is that work as we know it can move to the coffee shop of choice, a shaded spot outdoors, or wherever network access and personal choice will allow normal connectivity to conduct online working.

The workplace has the immediate potential to 'virtualise' and move into the new stylish co-working spaces for remote and mobile teams, joining people from all walks of life, co-working and communicating. This notion itself underpins the need for internal and external managed learning, social learning and collaboration.

So that your business can embrace this change, some immediate things come to mind. You’ll need to have a modern LMS technology environment – with SaaS and secure cloud delivery – available all the time. This should be easy to use, with a great UI and applications and services that run and deliver your processes and learning content. You will need access to the best collaboration tools available, ones that allow much more than just email communications.

I believe all workers, whether they’re remote, management, or those who remain at the traditional place of work, must have equal access to digital learning, compliance training, action based learning and communication tools – both for collaboration and to keep them engaged with the organisation.

 

Guest blog by John Driscoll

This is a guest post by John Driscoll from Agylis ANZ, an official Agylia partner in Australia and New Zealand. John regularly writes about learning technologies and practices via his LinkedIn articles

Author: John Driscoll

This article was published by John Driscoll on 21.11.2018. John is founder of Agylis ANZ, an Agylia Official Partner in Australia and New Zealand. John works with corporate, government and educational organisations to modernise their learning experiences.

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