Muddling Through Mobile

dreamstime_xs_52738328Slowly but steadily, mobile learning seems to be a part of our learning landscape.  Over the last seven years, I’ve formed a strong opinion that mobile learning will eventually be a game-changer in our industry.  If you have a smartphone-equipped audience, then I do urge you to look at how you can add it to your learning delivery channels.  Not only can it really transform your delivery of formal learning, increasingly I’m realising how it can also be a critical enabling factor for both social and informal learning.

But I also know that we are still at that point in time when the technology options are numerous and the application of mobile learning can take many different forms.  I can quite understand if you’re hesitating to make your first moves in this area.  With every wave of new learning technology, it can take a while for things to settle down.  So how can we make sense of the current mobile learning muddle? Continue reading “Muddling Through Mobile”

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Muddling Through Mobile

Designing “Mobile First” Learning Content

dreamstime_m_36899365 (2)Over the last few years, I’ve become a strong proponent of moving towards “mobile” first learning strategies.  This is – to a large degree – as a result of the observations I’ve made about how the world of workplace learning is changing and how the use of mobile devices continues to grow, giving us the platforms we need to start to make mobile learning and performance support a reality.

There are two elements to a “mobile first” strategy.  The first – which I will definitely come back to another day – is the development of complete programmes of learning with a significant use of mobile content and a move away from desktop based e-learning and content-packed live sessions.  The second element – and the aspect I will address in this post – is actually designing content that supports a “mobile first” philosophy. Continue reading “Designing “Mobile First” Learning Content”

Designing “Mobile First” Learning Content

Using Digital Learning for Executive Development

dreamstime_xs_55894278In the “old days”, e-learning was often regarded as training for the masses, rather than for the most senior personnel in an organisation.  Maybe, to be fair, that should be “old-style” e-learning, for as the approach has evolved into what we know today as “digital learning”, I don’t believe we can restrict technology-based learning to just a certain part of the business.  But as executive and senior leadership development programmes have often been limited to a largely face-to-face experience, how should we utilise digital learning options within them? Continue reading “Using Digital Learning for Executive Development”

Using Digital Learning for Executive Development

Budgeting for Learning Impact

dreamstime_xs_28461353Depending on your company’s financial year, you might well be about to start the budgeting process for next year, or you may already be in the middle of juggling the needs of your business with the forecast budget – and all its pessimistic variations.

But how much are you setting aside to ensure that the learning you deliver next year has an impact on both the individual employee and business performance of the organisation? Continue reading “Budgeting for Learning Impact”

Budgeting for Learning Impact

The Wherewithal with Wearables

dreamstime_xs_49481214When all the chatter first started about the then forthcoming Apple Watch, my mind immediately turned to how wearable devices could be “next big thing” in digital learning.  I started to visualise scenarios of engineers, perched high in precarious places, looking to their wrist for helpful instructions about what they should do next.  Then one of my technology partners reminded me that you needed to have your iPhone nearby and that it wouldn’t really offer much without that connected device.  A valid point.  In your average scenario, if having to choose between the tiny watch screen and the larger one on my smartphone, most people would realistically choose the latter.  So I stopped thinking about wearables.

Continue reading “The Wherewithal with Wearables”

The Wherewithal with Wearables