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Overcoming Barriers to Mobile Learning Deployment


How can you overcome the challenges of deploying mobile learning in your organization?

The first generation iPhone, arguably the first smartphone, was released in June 2007. In the decade since then, the number of users continues to grow at an astounding rate.

Its ubiquity has allowed smartphones to become an effective learning tool especially in business environments, where learners are either located in remote areas with limited internet connectivity, work in manufacturing facilities with no access to desktop computers, or work in the field and are always mobile.

Mobile learning has been a hot topic for learning & development departments for years, however deployments of effective mobile learning strategies have been slow.

In this post, we will discuss some of the main barriers to mobile learning deployment. We will also provide some best practices on how to overcome these challenges to help you achieve your goal of delivery a successful mobile learning program.


Mobile learning has great potential…


… but progress is slow

The Brandon Hall Group has identified three main barriers to mobile learning deployment in highly regulated industries:



Security is still the biggest barrier to mobile learning deployment in high-consequence industries (51% of organizations say it’s a significant barrier). It’s significantly higher compared to organizations that do not operate in a highly regulated environment.

We have identified three best practices that will help you make sure your content is secure on mobile devices:

1. Use SSL for all company web content

2. Implement a Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution to:

3. Custom App Recommendations


Content Creation

Content creation is a significant barrier to mobile learning deployment for 37% of surveyed organizations in highly regulated industries. We have identified nine best practices that will help you create highly effective content appropriate for mobile devices.

How to create mobile learning content:


What you should do with your existing mobile content:


Bandwidth / Connectivity

More than 30% of organizations in high-consequence industries say bandwidth/connectivity is a significant barrier to mobile learning deployment. Organizations, which operate in a highly regulated environments, must pay attention to the following recommendations to make sure users get training even when they have limited internet connectivity:

Today’s workforce expects learning & development programs to be available on mobile devices. About 85% of organizations in high-consequence industries expect the use of mobile learning will increase over the next 12 months, with 20% of whom saying it will increase significantly. Learning should always be easy to access especially when compliance is at stake so organizations must overcome mobile learning deployment challenges sooner rather than later.

NetDimensions Talent Suite can support your mobile learning strategy by delivering a range of options to best suit your organization’s needs and business strategy. Learn more about the NetDimensions Talent Slate mobile app and discover how it will enable you to deliver learning and performance support at the point of need for your mobile workforce.

1. Global mobile consumer trends: First edition (Deloitte, 2016).
2. Mobile Learning 2016: Great Promise, Little Progress (The Brandon Hall Group, 2016).