Reimagining Learning Strategy, Design and Development for Mobile at Training Conference

Two Reasons Why Mobile Learning Provides Transformative Change

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The week of Feb. 9, hundreds of training professionals will be traveling to Atlanta, Ga., for the Training 2015 Conference & Expo. The event is packed with impactful keynote speakers, certificate programs, learning sessions, and hands-on clinics. And lots and lots of networking!

I will present a breakout session at the conference called, “Reimagining Learning Strategy, Design, and Development for Mobile.”

The session takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 8:30, and I’ll share practical and creative ideas on how to leverage the mobile platform to deliver practical and useful content.

What is it about mobile that makes it so unique? Training professionals have been delivering ILT, job aids, performance support products, and eLearning modules for decades.

Why is mLearning such a transformative change?

Two points come immediately to mind.

Mobile Becomes Ingrained In The Learner’s Work Process and Habits

First, if designed effectively, mobile learning becomes part of the learner’s daily work process and habits.

Ultimately, the goal of training is to help employees do their jobs better.

What better way to do that than to be brought into their world with helpful information provided at the time of need?

It’s almost like the training department is on call 24/7 for the inquiring learner.

Machine operators can have an interactive safety inspection application while they are walking around their machine.

Sales team members can have up-to-date customer information in the palm of their hand just minutes before a sales call.

The opportunities seem almost limitless.

Design mobile learning that is seamless in a learner’s day.

Unique Mobile Affordances Open New Doors

Secondly, there are affordances of the mobile platform that are mostly unique to mobile devices.

Let’s look at the accelerometer. This component measures movement and gravity and even can sense the angle that the device is being held.

Can you use the accelerometer to support a training initiative? What if you have a mobile sales staff member that has a limit on the number of miles he can cover in a day for safety reasons?

As part of the sales support information mobile app, the accelerometer could keep track of the miles covered and send a warning when the limit is close. The app could even send an email to the regional manager if the limitation is exceeded. Recurring infractions could be recorded in the salesperson’s learner record store (LRS) via the Experience API so that a set of metrics can be gathered that could help solve a problem.

This is just one example of the unique affordances of mobile that offer unprecedented opportunities to support learners on the move.

Moving to learn to the mobile platform is an ideal time to rethink, reset and reimagine how the content is delivered.

Context becomes a significant consideration for your training as you enter the daily workday of your leaner.

I will talk about these topics and more at the breakout session. Please stop by my meeting or connect with me at Training Conference.

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Scott McCormick is a founding partner of Float. Building on more than 30 years of experience in training, eLearning, and mLearning efforts for Fortune 500 companies, Scott helps companies embrace new learning strategies and deliver results. Scott is in charge of client relationships with global leaders in healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality, and insurance, and is instrumental in building new business and contributing to Float’s thought leadership efforts. Scott is featured in Float’s latest book, “Mastering Mobile Learning,” available from Wiley and ASTD Press.

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