As Anywhere Learner Mobile gains traction in the marketplace, I am encountering a number of questions from training departments that are enquiring about the product. One of the questions I frequently come across is “Can we push the LMS content to Anywhere Learner Mobile?”. This question only goes to show that the idea of mobile learning still has a long way to go before it becomes a popular learning delivery platform and there are plenty of large organizations that have not yet considered mobile learning. I thought it would be a good idea to summarize some of the best practices associated with mobile learning. Pushing content directly from LMS to mobile devices (without curation) is of course not one of the best practices.
- Leverage Mobile Learning to reinforce training already delivered through other traditional channels. Retention rates for traditional training methods are poor and mobile learning is a powerful tool for addressing this gap.
- Content chunking is required to ensure content is compatible with the limited form factor and “real estate” for reading content.
- Considering the fact that mobile content is consumed on the go, content strategy for mobile learning should place emphasis on small chunks of content that can be consumed completely even if the attention span is brief.
- Push actionable training content that can be put into practice by the field staff.
- Provide for collaboration among employees and leverage social media platforms that work well with mobile devices.
- Use device agnostic content publishing models to ensure compatibility with a wide variety of devices such as Blackberry, Apple, Android, and Windows. Mobile platforms are in a constant state of flux. Don’t bet on one platform to find that your chosen platform is no longer supported because the company that built the platform is bankrupt!
- Allow for device sharing among teams of employees.
- Do not store data in mobile device. Devices tend to get lost and you don’t want to lose confidential data with the device.