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In this article we explore some of the key concepts behind bringing mobile learning into your overarching ILT strategy.Mobile learning can be looked at by many as the simple act of taking elearning content and placing it onto a phone or tablet device, but there is so much more to it that that! The SAMR model constantly teaches us to be aware of how we utilise technology for the purpose of achieving effective learning and development. By simply shaping existing content to fit onto a smaller screen falls into the category of substitution, which in this case is simply a novelty – replacing mouse clicks with finger taps.

We instead need to broaden our creative minds into how we can utilise the power and capabilities of mobile technology in today’s modern world to create new and enriched learning experiences that simply couldn’t be possible without these powerful and personable devices. Here are some growing trends that truly add value to digital learning through mobile technology:

1. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

The IT strategy adopted by many organisations today typically involves some level of allowing employers to use their personal devices for work, for example this can involve allowing employees to connect their emails to their phone in order to quickly engage with other colleagues or clients. BYOD brings many opportunities for ‘m-learning’, not just that it replaces the overall acquisition and maintenance cost of the devices used within the company. BYOD means that an organisation can very easily keep up to date with emerging trends in technology, and learning developers can use this in order to create learning experiences that an employee can tap into during the working day.

2. Cloud Computing

Data is now rapidly being synced up to the cloud, and users are reaping the benefits of being access the services and content that they love from wherever they may be in the world.There are many cloud based services related to learning available through the internet today, and it is very easy to optimise your own LMS platform to be mobile friendly, and also integrate collaborative apps like Google Docs and Office 365. If you are interested in taking your digital learning platform into the cloud, check out our hosting services for LearnDash available here.

3. Virtual Field-trips and Location Based Learning

We strongly believe in the power of immersive and experiential learning to create memorable experiences that last for learners. Using mobile devices allows a learner to explore the world or a particular surrounding and learn on the move. The American Museum of Natural History, in New York uses an app that allows customers to tour their museum and provides a personal guide experience. Some colleges and universities are taking advantage of GPS technology to offer a similar experience through campus tours. As a 21st century business, there are many opportunities to use location-based technology enhance the training experience that goes on within your own walls.

Chris Hodgson

Chris Hodgson

Chris Hodgson is an award-winning Digital learning Solutions Developer and Director of Discover eLearning Ltd. He supports SMEs and large firms through the process of integrating eLearning into their organisation. Chris has over 10 years experience working in Higher Education, Independent Training Provider Sector and Charity Sector learning and development.

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