As the use of elearning grows so does the influence of mobile learning in the corporate sector.
More than ever we are seeing employees leverage tablets and smartphones for business. While one major use is communictaions (such as email), another common use is for taking online courses.
These online courses can be a formal elearning course created in program like the new Adobe Captivate 9, or it may simply be a video.
As the infographic below points out (originally created by PlayerLync), videos are often the most commonly used form of media on mobile devices. This is reported to be due to the fact that most people retain video content better than when they read printed materials.
It’s no wonder then why video is making its way into all kinds of courses. Some of the most effective courses that I have taken personally are video based (although it’s also good to include a transcript just in case).
One interesting point that the infographic depicts is that streaming videos is not effective. I would both agree and disagree with this sentiment.
If buffering is more than five seconds I see how streaming video is not effective.
However, tech tools today make five seconds of buffering extremely rare. If you use a proper video hosting platform then this won’t be encountered too often (at least not from the streaming end).
Where this is more likely to occur is if the person accessing the digital course on a mobile device happens to be in a location where they don’t have a very strong signal.
Most people understand that this is a current reality of the mobile world we live in. It may help to allow the video to be downloaded, but that will likely be slow as well.
I’ve mentioned it before on this site that mobile learning is an area to keep an eye on. It’s trajectory is coupled with that of elearning, and in some ways it’s hard to differentiate between the two.