Mobile devices are simply a part of the new reality in eLearning today, so get used to it
Why mobile learning? It’s a fair question and one that many leaders in learning and development (L&D) ask themselves as they seek to implement a basic learning management system (LMS) in the first place. “We’ve gotten this far,” they wonder, “so why do we have to make things mobile all of a sudden?”
Indeed, having an LMS in the first place is an obvious priority. But what is becoming increasingly clear is that an LMS alone, in the traditional sense, will not suffice. Learners need the best, most accessible and fluid tools at their disposal, and increasingly those tools are driven by mobile tools and oriented around mobile capabilities.
Why mobile learning is a part of the 21st century eLearning landscape
It’s something we explore in our recently released Light Paper, Leveraging the Natural Synergy of Mobility and Microlearning in eLearning. A mobile element to an LMS offering used to be an intriguing nice-to-have. Now it’s an expected feature and should enter the conversation any time a new LMS is up for consideration.
If you’re considering an LMS that doesn’t have any mobile capabilities or at least plan to embed mobile capabilities into its offering, it might be time to call it a day with that vendor. To that end, here are three key questions you need to be asking your vendor as you enter the mobile conversation.
The last thing you want is a “mobile solution” that is limited to one platform or device type. Your learners will be engaging their eLearning portal across all sorts of devices, platforms, browsers, and operating systems. You will want to ensure that the most common, frequently accessed channels are part and parcel of your prospective LMS solution. Your learners will thank you.
Curious about the emerging role of mobile learning and its natural bedfellow, microlearning, in the eLearning conversation? Download Leveraging the Natural Synergy of Mobility and Microlearning in eLearning today and start your journey towards a new future in mobile learning.
Download the Light Paper now for a primer on the relationship between mobile learning and microlearning.