With solid business reasons for implementing mobile learning, a recent survey found that corporate leaders are fast embracing the concepts of mobile learning — using mobile devices to access e-learning — for employees.
According to a fall survey,the most frequently mentioned reasons for how mobile learning might increase the performance of workplace learners include:
>> Enables access to learning at point of performance
>> 24/7/365: Anywhere, anytime and all-the-time access to learning content
>> Promotes communication, collaboration and discussion
>> Effective use of unproductive “down time”
>> Better reinforcement, repetition and revision
>> Quicker decision making
>> Maintains same level of learning throughout the organization
>> Better engagement through polling and participation
>> Living up to expectations of Gen Y and “fad factor”
>> Mobile doing (accessing applications)
However, there are reasons why mobile learning might adversely affect workplace learners, too, including the fact that they are a major source of distraction (like social media); there are bona fide security concerns;and weak learning designs and interventions can frustrate learners.
—The “Mobile Learning Pulse Survey” was conducted by The Masie Center and led by Elliott Masie, Bob Baker and Videhi Bhamidi. More info: masie.com/Surveys/mobile-pulsesurvey-2012.html