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Well another year has come and another mLearnCon has passed, leaving each of us attendees, presenters, exhibitors and wanderers with more excitement than ever. This year’s show had about twice the amount of registered attendees (approaching 800) and more than 25+ exhibitors/vendors who have been instrumental in gaining awareness and attention to the space. With over 100 focused learning activities spread across 4 days there wasn’t a topic that didn’t get its due respect and attention from this crowd. Combine in interactive learning zones and the “Mosh Pit” and there was something for everyone from those just hearing about mLearning, to those planning on implementing, to those trying to understand the technology, those needing help creating an RFP and even those already looking for success stories. Some of the cooler apps I had a chance to see where the:

  • EventPilot Mobile Conference App which let you see the schedule, presenters and also real time updates of what was happening now and where.
  • Qualcomm Mobile Browser app that enabled an employee anywhere in the world to see scheduled classes based on his/her proximity to the location where the class was taking place, and even a link to the LMS for registration.
Most importantly what I saw as a whole is that this industry is starting to mature as authoring tool, LCMS, and mobile distribution system providers are working together as one to build awareness, integration capabilities and “real” offerings that will support adoption. Keep an eye out for new product launches in the next few weeks from OnPoint Digital, Xyleme, Articulate and Brainshark. From what I saw of the demos they provided, HTML 5 is alive and showing very well on mobile. If you attended the conference please comment to provide your thoughts.

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So you have a formal learning plan in place, your LMS has been up and running for years and you even have a certification program in place for your new hires, employees and 3rd party partners. Your company can be considered a “learning-based organization”, so now what? For the past couple of years the idea of implementing new technologies that have arisen out of the consumer world have intrigued the training professional. Everything from social networking to blogs, wikis, instant messaging and mobile have shown promise to extend the formal learning environment but has anything truly succeeded to provide ROI and benchmarking to continue its use? Let’s think here….I have an LMS that has social learning aspects built in (forums, interactive messaging, etc.) and we use portals for document management, knowledge transfer, wiki’s but how do I leverage this infrastructure and investment to today’s world, the world of remote workers, some of whom are disconnected? learningManage_clip_image002_0000Mobile is the answer! It is not just the next fad or technological wonder, it is ubiquitous and always there. The more important questions that need to be addressed are: What to deliver? How to deliver to all the various devices? Each of these questions have many sub questions and branching options which I will get into in subsequent posts but the one thing to remember for now is that more now than ever in the past, the end delivery device and its uses and limitations must be taken into account.

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