Learning “On the Move” – Key Strategies for a Mobile Learning Program

The mobile devices in our pockets have officially taken over. As of October 2014, there are now more mobile devices than people. Mobile devices have now become the primary internet device for many web users. In fact, the 2015 Internet Trends Report found U.S. web users turn to their mobile device for almost 3 hours of internet time each day.

As usage becomes ubiquitous, we expect these devices to never be out of reach. They have also become an effective learning tool. Hence, the rise of learning now being pushed to the mobile experience.

Just like we learned that taking a classroom experience and putting it online does not make an effective web based training or online learning experience – neither will simply scaling down existing content so it fits on a smaller screen.

Learning Solutions Magazine said it best:

“Being able to view eLearning content on a smartphone doesn’t make it mLearning in just the same way that throwing slides meant for use in instructor-led training onto a web page doesn’t make them eLearning. Redesign is always the best option.”

An effective, strategic mobile learning or performance support program requires new thinking and new approaches. Here are three strategies we have learned building mobile programs for NetDimensions’ clients.


LMS: Evolution or Extinction: 8 Trends that Change Everything

Trend #1: Informal and Social Learning
(Part 1 of 7)

Informal and social learning within organizations around the world continue to fuel discussions about the relevance of the LMS in today’s corporate learning, performance and workforce support programs for both internal and external learners. Has the LMS become a dinosaur? T-Rex image

It is estimated that at least 75% of learning is informal — through collaboration, communities of practice, user-generated content (including user-created video), or learning at the point of need.

Meanwhile, social learning and collaboration tools enhance both formal and informal learning programs by improving learner engagement and drive greater knowledge retention.

High-performing organizations take a social learning approach that merges formal and informal learning. They strive to not only meet formal training requirements, but to also provide a platform that encourages the exchange of ideas and sharing of knowledge across the enterprise.

Such a platform could be a wiki that supports both open-access communities and restricted-access communities. Employees can then publish and share information and knowledge with other professionals, especially because the communities are often related in terms of knowledge or expertise.

No matter what platform or software tool you decide to deploy in your organization, the technology is always secondary to formulating a learning strategy and experience that is well suited to members of your organization.

What to consider for your LMS in terms of informal and social learning:
– Ease of integration with corporate social networks
– Syndicated search and expertise locator
– Gamification options and capabilities
– Performance support (“the 5 moments of need”)

Important questions to ask yourself before choosing a path are:
Am I looking for a “socialized” LMS application or for an LMS as the social platform of choice?
Which choice will help evolve our learning strategy to meet our current and future needs?

This is the first of a seven-part series on LMS: Evolution or Extinction — 8 Trends that Change Everything.

How do NGOs deploy learning and learning technologies?

lingos_smallChris Proulx, the CEO of LINGOs, the international non-government organization (NGO) sector’s largest membership-based consortium dedicated solely to training and capacity building, just wrote an interesting blog piece on how NGOs deploy learning.

You can read Chris’s piece here.

Worth a look, even if you’re not in the NGO world.


A Strong Start to the Year

Our team started 2015 in full speed all over the world.

In London, we were a sponsor at Learning Technologies 2015. George Walker, our director of Global Services, gave a “Back to the Future”-inspired presentation: “From small data to big data – the benefits of learning and talent analytics.”

Liam Butler, our EMEA GM, participated in a Google Hangout session with Matt Wicks, CTO of Dreamtek. The session focused on the future of Learning Management Systems, and it was moderated by Don Taylor, Chairman of the Learning Technologies Conference. You can catch the recording of the session here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC2mxRD3VRc

In Karlsruhe, we exhibited at Learntec 2015 with our messaging around high-consequence industries resonating very well with the audience. Dirk Flaskamp, one of our Sales Directors in Germany, gave a presentation at the “Anwenderforum”(User forum) on “Talent Management for Everyone.” Our focus was on why organizations should really focus their Learning & Development programs to the middle employees instead of just their top talent. We were also delighted to meet up with a few of our German clients, like tesa, SEW-EURODRIVE & Fresenius Medical Care.