Recently there has been a huge emphasis of elearning, and mobile learning, within education – and for good reason. Technological advancements and the classroom’s tendency to adopt new ideas quickly has brought about a rather quick adoption of mobile learning. But does it stop there? What about mobile learning in enterprise?
Studies are showing that Enterprise is primed to join the trend. In the United States alone, 75% of the workforce is already leveraging mobile technology, and by 2015, projections indicate that 37% of the entire global workforce will be mobile. Smartphones are the leading mobile technology, with an estimated 2.4 billion enterprise smartphone users globally by 2017.
While these facts are interesting, I don’t think they are very surprising. Everywhere you look someone is toting around an iPhone, iPad, or iThing. The technology is clearly available, and on a very large scale. What I did find interesting though was that it is projected more tablets will be sold in 2015 than PCs. To me, this is a huge paradigm shift.
The benefits of mobile learning are apparent. By way of example, the Banking and Finance sector is seeing 12% increases in employee course completion rate at the 45-day mark. Mobile learning is also gaining credibility in the public sector, being equally compared to elearning and classroom training.
So where do enterprises start with mobile learning? In my opinion, the fact that 33% of YouTube videos are viewed on a smartphone indicates a perfect place for organizations to experiment with mobile learning. This can be as simple as creating a mobile friendly LMS that contains interactive videos. Keep it simple at first by converting existing elearning where possible. Start with courses like health & safety compliance as these types of courses are pretty standard. It will also give you the opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness in your organization before “mobilizing” more complex subjects.
As much as I would like to take credit for randomly knowing all the facts I shared, the infographic below, created by INTUITION, brought to my attention these statistics – some of which a bit surprising. It’s going to be exciting to see the emergence of mlearning (and possible decline of traditional elearning) in the years to come.