“You’ve come a long way baby,” but the ride is only beginning. Remember when the PC was a novelty? Then, along came the laptop followed by the notebook with its compact footprint and then the first-generation, failed tablet. Now, everyone has a smartphone, which is already evolving into the phablet—a cross between a smartphone and a tablet. The ELEARNING DESIGNspace has seen the same progress. Round and round we go, and the latest spin of the wheel landed on Mobile Learning or mLearning.
What is mLearning?
mLearning is written for display on mobile devices (since no one leaves home without a phone) with an eye toward the constraints of smartphone real estate. With more people turning to their smartphones as their primary computer, it makes sense to make learning available 24/7 to fill downtime rather than eating up valuable work time with long, drawn-out trainings. Further, the smartphone makes a perfect delivery system for microlearning—little snippets of learning.
How Does BOYD Fit Into the Equation?
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and MLEARNING are joined at the hip. Making the move from standard eLearning written for the larger computer screen to mLearning will save companies enormous amounts of money. Few employees need a full-service computer. Most can use a tablet when they need a computer to complete their work. Fewer workstation computers means a huge savings. Since employees already have an appropriate device, why issue them one?
More important, BYOD allows on-demand learning at the point of need. Employees can whip out their phone and find an answer to a pressing issue immediately without running back to their desks.
The combination of mLearning and BYOD makes sense. It’s convenient for the learner, it fills downtime and it saves money for the business—win, win, win.