Enspire Learning will offer a webinar entitled “Mobile Learning: The Low Hanging Fruit” on October 5, 2011. Click here for more information.
A couple of years ago, my wife and I visited Normandy and Paris as part of a marathon European vacation. Before departing, we pored over Parisian movies and books to prepare for our trip. While in France, we listened to audio walking tours and consulted our French pocket guide.
If my wife and I were a company (we call ourselves Team Lisle), we’d be a case study on mobile learning. Let’s compare Team Lisle to a technology company, Company X, who needs to train its sales force.
- Before the trip: traditional learning with movies and books
- During the trip: mobile, just-in-time learning with audio walking tours and pocket guides
- Before the sales trip: traditional learning with e-learning modules and in-person classes
- During the sales trip: mobile, just-in-time learning with short product videos and reference tools
Let’s emphasize a few points:
- Don’t convert an hour-long e-learning module into an hour-long course that is accessible on mobile devices. Instead, create supplements to your hour-long course in the form of small mobile tools that are handy on-the-job. That’s a long-winded way of saying that mobile learning should be short-winded.
- Non-mobile learning isn’t going away. The retention of complex information requires concentration, which is often more achievable in a formal learning environment.
- On-the-job knowledge can often be more effectively acquired and/or remembered with mobile learning, disrupting that nasty forgetting curve.