This article accompanies Maintaining Momentum.
Global workforce demographics, advancements in mobile-device accessibility and capabilities, the emergence of effective mobile-learning tools, and best practices from early adopters make this an opportune time for any organization to test mobile learning (mLearning) without assuming too much risk, according to a recent white paper from The McGraw Hill Research Foundation.
The policy paper, mLearning: A Practical Approach to Mobile Technology for Workforce Training, offers a series of recommendations about how mLearning can effectively be used in employee training and development.
"We believe that mobile technology can become an engine of business learning in the same way the worldwide web became the backbone of learning during the previous technological revolution," says author Alex Heiphetz, who is founder and president of AHG, Inc., a software solution company specializing in business services to training companies and educational institutions. "mLearning makes learning easier, motivates further learning, and encourages knowledge sharing and gathering."
In order to initiate and implement successful mLearning programs, Heiphetz says an organization must:
* Identify its immediate and long-term learning and organizational goals;
* Establish the criteria by which success will be measured;
* Ensure that mLearning works in concert with existing programs;
* Evaluate the best format and delivery, available technologies and virtual tools to match an organization's needs; and
* Select a pilot project with a representative user group and a typical, real-life learning assignment.
To read the entire white paper, click here.
The McGraw-Hill Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was established with the support of The McGraw-Hill Cos.