The Twitter feed was crazy this week with buzz about Adobe finally adopting HTML5 for mobile. As many e-learning companies continue to explore the exciting and inevitable move to m-learning, this news makes the evolution that much more interesting.
The integration of mobile learning or m-learning for training and development is validated by the many benefits the devices offer to both the organization and the learner. On any given week, publications around the world are exploring the advantages and almost unavoidable adoption of m-learning within the organization.
As the Baby Boomers start to shift towards retirement and a new generation begins to move up the corporate ladder, expectations for training and development also change. The younger generations of professionals are simply used to having mobile devices
as part of their lifestyle and often prefer to access information via their smart phone or tablet.
The availability and proliferation of devices also makes the move to m-learning a smart choice for organizations because of the cost savings of putting training content on a device the learner is already familiar with and knows how to use. Less time and money is wasted familiarizing the learner with the training tool and the learner is more likely to see value in the training because it is being delivered in a format he enjoys using on a daily basis.
Additionally, being able to access training on the go is also preferred by a more flexible workforce. Self-paced learning can be done anywhere at any time making the training more attractive to the learner who avoids sitting in a dark stuffy conference room for a week or two at a time. The organization also benefits in the amount of money saved on arranging training facilities and course instructors as well as pulling the worker away from his everyday work tasks.
There are many, many more reasons m-learning should be and is being adopted by organizations around the world and the news Adobe dropped this week makes the training method that much more attractive and accessible to corporate training providers, not to mention the number of learners who are sure to benefit from this learning evolution.
We want to know, how will the news from Adobe affect your business? Leave your comments below and tell us your experiences with m-learning to date or if your organization is looking forward to this new training method.