Learning: Re-Imagined Mobile Technologies and Learning (Networking Session) Pam Boiros, VP Product Management, Books24x7
Agenda • Introductions: • Your Name/Role/Organization • One word that comes to mind when you think about “mobile learning”. • SkillSoft Update: • Mobile market trends • Mobility vs./and Portability • SkillSoft Strategy • Discussion: • Are you currently incorporating mobile technology into your learning programs? How? • If not, do you plan to? • Where do you see the most promising application? • Pitfalls, “gotchas”, red flags?
Mobile Workers on the Rise • An increase in the number of mobile workers and an uptake in Smartphone adoption is expected worldwide • 75% of the U.S. work force will be mobile by year-end 2011 • 1 billion workers around the world will be classified as mobile by 2011 • Organizations deploying mobile working technologies enjoy a strategic competitive advantage over companies that have not integrated mobility into their environment Source: IDC (1/2008) • Converged Mobile Devices (CMDs): • Annual compound growth rate of 54% over next 4 years • 82 million devices by 2011 • Drivers: Beyond telephony, secure link to corporate intranets, access corporate email. Source: IDC Mobile devices may be the primary Internet appliance in some markets
Mobile Learning News Chalk acquired by RIM Cisco WebEx Release iPhone App
Mobile Devices Mobile Challenges • Multiple platforms • Shifting standards • Slow networks • Rapid obsolescence • Economics
Mobile ‘Truths’ • Supplements, but does not replace traditional e-learning • Component of the corporate “learning ecosystem” • Appropriate content, appropriate device, appropriate time • Tracking and reporting is key • Must be simple to use and should not be device dependent • SkillSoft platforms continue to evolve to offer increasing mobile capabilities
Mobile is an Extension of the eLearning Ecosystem Online Search a database for urgent snippet Select from many modes Take a course or read a chapteron an airplane Watch or listen to downloadedvideo or MP3 Offline
Books24x7 On the Go™ Mobile Access for Busy Professionals Web application optimized for web-enabled mobile devices Access to personal and corporate bookshelves, bookmarks, and notes Browse, Search, Read, Download Audio
SkillSoft Strategy: • Continues to be an R&D priority • Mobility is an extension, not replacement • Focus on “In-between” learning • Web/email delivery • Trackability is key
Discussion • Are you currently incorporating mobile technology into your learning programs? How? • If not, do you plan to? • Where do you see the most promising application? • Pitfalls, “gotchas”, red flags?