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.
A new model of global organization is coming to the fore. Traditional top-down hierarchies have been swept away in favor of agile and responsive ‘networks of teams’. These are virtual teams that are set up and disbanded as needed to create new products and services and meet fresh global challenges from new competitors.
The challenge organizations face is how best to build the skills base of individuals to optimize global virtual team working.
Deloitte has described this trend as ‘the rise of teams’. Many companies have already begun the move away from conventional functional structures – 92% of companies surveyed by Deloitte believe that redesigning the organization is ‘very important’ or ‘important’. Deloitte discovered that only 38% of all companies and 24% of large companies with more than 50,000 employees are organized function by function.
However, key to the success of contemporary, agile ways of working is ensuring that individual employees have the necessary skills for flexible working across borders.
What is the value of learning?
For workplace Learning and Development (L&D) professionals the answer may take many forms. It may be an individual’s positive reaction to learning something new. It may be the ability of individuals – or their employers – to tackle a new task. In more formal measurement, it may be seen in the calculation of a learning programme’s Return on Investment (ROI). Whatever approach the department takes, however, any assessment of the impact of learning is effectively meaningless without answering one question.
How does the business see the value of learning?
Learning Technologies Group (LTG) includes an impressive range of e-learning services and technologies to corporate and government clients worldwide. With the acquisition of NetDimensions, the organizations’ existing capabilities soar to the next level. NetDimensions’ robust set of learning and talent management solutions round out LTG’s existing capabilities and strengths.
NetDimensions joins LTG’s impressive portfolio of talented learning organizations, which include:
LEO – a learning technologies firm working with international organizations to help them transform their learning approach
gomo learning – a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering a flexible and cost-effective solution to create, host, update and track multi-device learning content
Preloaded – a BAFTA winning applied games studio
Eukleia – a specialist Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) training consultancy
Rustici – an expert in e-learning standards
NetDimensions will be working closely with the other companies in the LTG portfolio to deliver a full catalog of options for clients looking to incorporate industry leading learning technologies into their workforce development strategy.
These combined solutions will further enable NetDimensions’ ability to meet the unique requirements of businesses and learners in highly regulated industry sectors.
Given the complementary nature of LTG’s brands, this acquisition should have a very positive impact on growth. NetDimensions will have a strong foundation from which to leverage our strengths. Together, the group can achieve product innovations that will benefit our clients and valued business partners, while continuing to deliver excellent client service and value.
And now our journey begins….
As the human capital technology landscape expands and solutions become more specialized, integration has become more critical than ever. Not only do we need to think about how each of these talent-focused platforms work together, but how they work together with other systems within and outside of the organization.
According to Brandon Hall Group’s 2016 Learning Technologies survey, integration capabilities are one of the top-three most important criteria organizations have for their learning technology providers, with 46% saying it is essential and 30% saying it is critical these services are available.
In an environment where fewer than half (44%) of companies are looking to get a suite of integrated talent management modules, it is important organizations understand the ins and outs of integration.