The growth of mobile devices continues; it is now estimated there are more than 3 billion mobile subscribers and this number is estimated to rise to over 4 billion by 2010. In particular, the size and growth of the Smartphone market is expanding rapidly and will exceed the laptop market for the next five years, according to a report by market research company In-Stat.
What will be the impact of this on corporate learning? Are you ready to leave your laptop home?
- While 33% of organizations have a mobile learning pilot currently underway, 70% of organizations surveyed are investigating the use of mobile learning in the next 12-18 months.
- Typical areas of usage include product training, sales training and compliance training, but the overwhelming use is for on-going performance support.
- There are some issues that need to be addressed, these include diversity of hardware and software, screen size, security and a host of instructional design issues.
However, the bottom line, as profiled in this survey respondent’s view of potential of mobile learning:
“The real power of mobile learning is around the interactivity and the ability to create learning campaigns rather than learning events. And of course it is fun as well.”
-Head of Learning, Finland
So what are your views on mobile learning? Share your thoughts with me and stay tuned for the date and time of a webcast on this topic.