SHIFT's eLearning Blog
Our blog provides the latest best practices, tips, insights and thought leadership on modern corporate training, eLearning and mLearning.
The typical modern-day corporate learner never leaves home without his or her smartphone. This mobile device, after all, serves as an extension of technology-savvy individuals. With it, they search the web for information, scour data online to learn, and keep themselves entertained. This alone creates new opportunities for you and other eLearning professionals to reach the always-on corporate learner.
eLearning didn't happen overnight. It's a product of years of human ingenuity and innovation. There are moments in history that contribute to the inevitable birth of eLearning. So in an effort to weave a story of how eLearning came to be, here are some bits of history worth recalling. 1. Early 1980s: The Introduction of Personal Computers
The web is abuzz with talks of mobile learning. With its rise come many benefits, from higher productivity to better engagement. But with all the noise or constant stream of data online, it's difficult to find really useful information. That's why we've gleaned some links to resources specifically to help instructional designers get a holistic view about the subject.
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Powerful writing is required for powerful eLearning. This eBook will help eLearning developers master the art of writing and tap into the power of words to create memorable courses.
A common misconception is that eLearning materials can be simply transferred into mLearning courses. However, during the transfer, it is necessary to rethink the entire instructional design: mobile learning requires minimalism, it focuses on granular design, and it must be instructionally solid to provide a satisfying user experience graphically, navigationally, and cognitively.
There is no question about it: now is the time to embrace mobile learning. Mobile learning, or mLearning, is a rapidly growing area for training and development departments in organizations of all industries. With the amount of mobile devices exceeding 7 billion (the world’s current population), mobile technology has provided companies with the opportunity to reach employees in new and striking ways. “Twenty-first century learning is not confined to a geographical location, or a particular space designated for learning purposes,” explained Colley & Stead, 2009.
It's no secret that our portable devices have changed the way we work, live and learn. They still are changing things, whether we like it or not. Mobile isn't a trend, it's a new reality, and those that plan for it will reap the rewards.
Today, there are more mobile devices than babies are born. For trainers and educators the message is clear: mobile must be a key part of your training plan or you will be left behind. But, that doesn’t mean that learners want PowerPoint presentations on their mobile devices. Content needs to be adapted for the purpose to be truly effective. It should be simple, accessible and should meet the specific requirements of the different devices.