Mobile learning has shown a lot of promise in helping enterprises take training delivery out of the classroom. I don’t have to emphasize the industry dynamics propelling mobile learning, namely, growth of mobile device ownership, IT departments embracing the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) model, and the generational shift in employee population.
However, according to Gartner, we have just now reached the tipping point. Enterprises are scrambling to evaluate mobile learning solution options as they are seeing the early adopters successfully embrace the idea. In the recent Gartner report titled ” The Adoption of Mobile Learning is Approaching a Tipping Point“, the percentage of enterprises that have already embraced mobile learning initiatives is only 8%, and about 18% of enterprises are planning to roll out mobile learning solutions in the next 12 months. A vast majority has just started to wake up to the challenges and opportunities of mobile learning.
Gartner also makes several recommendations when it comes to implementing mobile learning. They include:
1. Align mobile learning initiatives to other enterprise-wide mobile initiatives and leverage economies of scale.
2. Use mobile learning to deliver more personalized learning experiences to employees.
3. Take advantage of the tools and technologies that’s bringing together mobile, social, and cloud services (I will stretch this to include making use of location-based services).
4. Focus on user experience, data capture (and analytics).
I also believe the choice of mobile publishing platform makes a huge difference to the success and failure of mobile initiatives. If your organization hasn’t standardized on the mobile device, it would be better to adopt a platform agnostic solution model. Considering the rather volatile nature of the mobile industry, I wouldn’t bet on a single platform yet.