At the turn of the fifteenth century the Gutenberg press sparked the printing revolution, forever changing how and where people would learn. 1439 was an exciting year for intellectuals across Europe. The break through technology allowed for knowledge and information to disseminate far and wide in stages like the Renaissance, the Age of Enlightenment and the Scientific Revolution.
Welcome to the 21st century and the year 2013. Where people are accessing banking, entertainment, legal and even medical services on their tablets and smartphones. Virtually every industry and practice has adapted to this new standard, the standard of mobility. Whether you’re a diabetic checking your glucose blood level or a reality television junky getting your fix of the latest Honey Boo Boo Child episode, odds are you want to do your necessities (and frivolities) on your own schedule and on your own terms. So do your employees.
It’s almost as if cost effective training of dispersed teams was next on the list right after unicorns. Training across states and time zones often involves expensive travel, meetings, lodging and by the time it all adds up your training budget is another thing you can add to the unicorn list. What’s even more challenging is having to pull your employees out of their territories and off of their jobs just to get them through the door. And if your line of work is constantly faced with product, service or pricing updates you might as well be Tom Cruise and your task Mission Impossible.
With the mobile penetration rate in the United States hitting a whopping 102.2%, mobile learning is quickly becoming the next Gutenberg press. But the real question is how do organizations benefit from this technological and cultural shift? It’s simple, a mobile learning strategy that encompasses a next generation learning solution that is made for where and how people work.
With the tools at our fingertips why are we so afraid? Why is mobile training so scary? Virtually every industry and application has jumped on the mobile express. Delivering on demand real-time training is becoming a critical task for organizations world wide. iPads, iPhones, BlackBerries, Androids and Windows Phones are the new synonym for many things, including learning.
If the question is how do we train dispersed teams in a global economy, mobile learning is the answer.