Six secrets of m-learning success: turning mobile learning aspirations into reality

by | May 8, 2013 | Articles

At a recent LINE event at the Royal Institution Towards Maturity’s own Laura Overton was invited to speak on mobile learning and reflect on its impact upon organisation and strategy.

TM – 10 years of valuable data gathering
Towards Maturity has been gathering data for 10 years, and 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.

After highlighting some of the factors that are causing mobile to capture our attention – the high rates of adoption, the growth of BYOD schemes, and the need felt by learning professionals to integrate learning into the workplace – Laura concentrated on some significant barriers. These are mostly around the technology and coping with the wide range of devices that must be catered for.

The secrets of m-learning success
She then gave us six ‘secrets of success’ drawn from studying the behavior of top learning organisations, and with particular relevance to mobile learning and communications.

 

  1. Embrace mobile as part of a mix
    Top learning organisations are more likely to embrace mobile learning but also more likely to consider it as just part of a wider mix of learning delivery methods in driving results.
  2. Keep aligned to business priorities
    They tend to analyse the business problem before recommending a solution, and are seven times more likely to change and adapt programmes in line with changing business strategy.
  3. Understand your learning landscape
    These organisations are more aware of how people in their businesses are using technology for themselves: what devices and content they already use and what support they might need to enhance and increase their learning.
  4. Support formal learning
    They support the programmes that are really important to the organisation’s destiny – e.g. business skills, induction – more effectively with technology. They also train trainers more effectively to use technology in extending learning beyond the classroom.
  5. Enhance performance at the point of need
    Performance support is a very critical aspect of learning with mobile. Top learning organistions are 6.5 times more likely to be proactive in this area.
  6. Communicate and connect
    They are five times more likely to use technology to help learners find expert help inhouse, through social media but also using on mobile. They help staff share and problem solve with technology and are 34 times as likely to use it as a communications channel to learners alongside learning.

 

For a full report on LINE’s event on mobile learning click here.

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