Who has spring fever out there? With pretty weather happening in so many of our markets, it makes this quarterly theme of mobile learning even more appropriate. We applaud all of the organizations who have embraced eLearning and are adapting training materials to mobile devices. To be able to access training outdoors or anywhere is more appreciated and more expected these days. And to provide new insights on this critical trend in learning & development, we offer a great set of articles in this month’s newsletter for you.
Our keynote article, “Learning on the Go,” compiles the perspectives of several thought leaders on how they have integrated mobile learning into their organizations’ unique needs. A top consultant provides some excellent examples of adaptive learning along with her expert tips. Third, we only have a few spots left in our next Learning Views webinar so check out the information on Creating Online and Blended Learning.
Be sure and check out the most important L&D events happening this summer in addition to listening in on a few radio interviews on mobile learning – brought to you by TrainingPros’ partnership with Business RadioX. We always look forward to hearing from you – please enjoy this issue!
Learning on the Go
In the last 40 years, the Learning and Development (L&D) industry has seen a significant paradigm shift in platforms and delivery, from course manuals and classrooms in the ’70s to floppy disks and computer-based training in the ’80s and ’90s.
Now smartphones and tablets are presenting challenges and opportunities we could not have imagined at the beginning of the new millennium. What do these new forms of media mean for learners and learning leaders?
Related to innovations in learning solutions, I’d like to share some real-world examples of adaptive learning in practice. First, let’s visit the instructor-led classroom. Facilitated learning in a brick-and-mortar classroom is still alive and well and will have a place in learning for the foreseeable future. But in recent years, I’ve been recommending that classrooms move to a paperless distribution system. Learners engage with their participant materials via tablets or laptops. In many classrooms, learners have been using computers for years in instances such as learning computer systems, so this is the final step in eliminating the laborious tasks of printing, compiling, and shipping paper-based classroom materials!
Here’s an example of how it’s done:
Materials are compiled in PDF forms where certain parts of the text can be edited by the learners, such as practice activities.
Materials have more of an e-learning look and feel, and may use PowerPoint or Word as the development tool. The layout looks more like the facilitator slide deck with clickable text boxes for expanded information.
SharePoint or corporate network is the delivery vehicle. Materials are uploaded, and learners are given access to them when they come to class. All materials are available after the class to participants for later access if needed via either download or continued use of login.
Materials can be updated more frequently without material waste (in cases where print materials were stockpiled).
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