Make mobile learning and communications work for your organisation

by | May 8, 2013 | Articles

The LINE event at the Royal Institute started off with a number of presentations on a subject that many predict is set to revolutionise the way the world is going to learn and communicate: m-learning!

With its rich history of scientific discovery and mechanical invention The Royal Institute offers a magnificent venue for the LINE event, whose strong theme is centered on mutual education and sharing ideas.This year mobile m-learning was at the event’s heart, and this article captures the inspirational messages and evidence that has been collected internationally by four speakers on the value of m-learning.


1) Piers Lea – Driving value from mobile
One of the benefits of being the Chair of the event Piers was able to give a strong message to the delegates about mobile learning: it’s going to be worth your time to think long and hard about this subject!

Sometimes it can be difficult to cut through all the hype surrounding mobile learning and decipher fact from myth. So Piers started off by giving a number of key examples of successful results emerging from this key subject.

2) Laura Overton – Six secrets of m-learning success: turning mobile learning aspirations into reality
Laura Overton spoke of the six secrets of m-learning. Laura is MD of the learning innovation benchmarking practice, Towards Maturity, of which LINE is pleased to be a Founding Ambassador organisation.

Towards Maturity has been gathering data for 10 years, but Laura was keen to emphasise that the organisation is less focused on statistics than on the implications of those statistics and how they can be used to take action; identifying the behaviors and best practices that lead to success for the high performers in the study.

  • Embrace mobile as part of a mix
  • Keep aligned to business priorities
  • Understand your learning landscape
  • Support formal learning
  • Enhance performance at the point of need
  • Communicate and connect

3) Steve Barden – Driving value from mobile: getting the strategy right
Following Laura, Steve Barden talked about getting the strategy right: a learning strategy today must include mobile, but it needs to be considered as part of the blend. In fact Steve believes, perhaps contentiously, that no solution should completely delivered on one channel.

When it comes to what mobile is best at within that mix, Steve’s answer is communications, performance support and learning, in that order.

4) Katie Hart – From Inspiration to impact
Next on was Katie Hart, LINE’s Information and Usability Architect. Her role in the proceedings was to set our delegates three key challenges on the road to producing an app.
To read the full report from the LINE event download the report below.

This case study has been independently investigated and developed by Towards Maturity as part of our Good Practice Partnership with eLearning Age and the eLearning Awards. It was first published in eLearning Age Magazine in 2013.

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