Training Industry Quarterly - Fall 2011 - (Page 40)
TRACKING TRENDS | KEVIN OAKES
THE PROBLEM IS WE’RE STILL TALKING ABOUT THE POSSIBILITIES
WHY IS MOBILE LEARNING NOT MORE POPULAR?
the majority of companies today, you won’t find a single negative thing said about mobile learning in the L&D community. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan. It should be a nobrainer in today’s mobile-obsessed world. I remember enthusiastically demonstrating learning applications on a smart phone at least seven or eight years ago, and talking about all the possibilities for mobile learning. The problem is we’re still talking about the possibilities instead of mobile learning as the primary way to deliver learning electronically.
t’s now been three or four years since access to the Internet by mobile devices exceeded access from the desktop. Given that, why is the use of mobile learning light years behind desktop e-learning? Mobile learning is a funny subject. Despite the fact that it’s barely being used by
Figure 1 Mobile Learning Today and in the Future
To what extent does your organization take the following actions today in regard to mobile learning?
Design learning programs so they can be accessed by mobile devices Have the internal expertise to design learning systems accessible by mobile devices Make use of the “augmented reality” applications, where information is displayed on top of real-life images, videos, etc. Make use of smart phone “apps” for the purposes of learning
Not at all
Small extent 24.5%
Moderate extent 9.6%
High extent 2.7%
Very high Correlation Correlation extent with LEI* with MPI** 0.7% .34% .08%
*LEI: Leadership Eﬀectiveness Index; **MPI: Market Performance Index
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