The popularity of smartphones and tablets in the workplace has increased the interest in mobile learning. But with the mobile landscape constantly evolving, many organizations are asking themselves if now is the right time to take the plunge, or if they should wait for more stability.
When deciding on what strategy makes the most sense for your company, there are five questions that you should ask:
What does “mobile” mean?
While some correlate mobile learning with smartphones and tablets, others associate it with portability. By broadening the discussion to overall portability, more diverse and attainable devices come into play, including laptops and media players.
What problem are you trying to solve?
Mobile is only one component of an overall learning strategy. It is important to keep your audience in mind, as well as the types of learning you want to focus on.
What devices will you support?
Based on the lack of standardization between device platforms, it is impossible to cater to the needs of every operating system. It is important to thoroughly evaluate each device’s capabilities.
Do you have the necessary organizational support?
Your approach needs to align with your IT department’s capabilities and company’s mobile device policies.
How does it fit into your existing learning strategy and ecosystem?
To be successful, you should evaluate the current LMS framework, overall learning program’s goals, company’s learning culture, and if the workforce is a good fit for the mobile lifestyle.