Increased (and increasing) connectivity of mobile technologies
Your contract might not cover it yet or you might not even be able to access it in your area, but 4G is transforming how we consume data. We’re no longer just connected, we can work on documents, download large files and stream entire films. The application of mobile technologies for business are endless and no doubt will continue to transform how we work, learn and interact with all things professional.
On a daily basis I’m making edits in a Google Doc, scheduling tweets and analysing web traffic all while I’m sat on the bus to and from the office.The headline for mobile technologies in the learning space is that wherever staff might find themselves, learning content should be available to them at all times of the day. It’s not about working more as such, but being able to access whatever you need via mobile technologies whenever your workforce might need to.
We’re not standing still, either – by 2020, 64% of the world’s population will be covered by 4G-LTE, the next, even faster iteration of connectivity which will reshape mobile technologies and our interaction with them.
The mobile cloud
Services like Dropbox and Google Drive keep all of our stuff together so that we can access them wherever we go. Add to that that more and more software is built with the cloud in mind – think of MailChimp, Salesforce and Squarespace. Today you can cater for all areas of your business with minimal software downloads/ installs.
And gomo is no different, everything is based in the cloud, allowing you to get on with what matters, creating great learning. A team working in gomo can upload all assets and images in one hit, giving designers a constant resource of assets, saving time and allowing them to create great learning on desktop or tablet, however they want to.
Flexible working for designers and learners
As our desk-orientated minds get more comfortable with multiple devices, we anticipate that people will do much more starting and finishing tasks across devices with the help of mobile technologies, as opposed to simply checking in and using the same apps across devices.
For learning design teams using cloud authoring solutions like gomo, this means more home working and access while travelling as you aren’t tied down to a specific desktop computer with a paid, 3gb authoring programme installed on it. For learners, developments in mobile technologies will only further transform learning from a fixed, scheduled activity to one that is much more fluid, on the job, on the move and collaborative.
The takeaway here is that mobile technologies are only going to make us connected, increasing the options available to us and making our life in the workplace much more flexible. Mobile technologies present a lot of opportunities to learning practitioners. In order to take advantage of these opportunities, we must be sure that we’re developing learning content which is as flexible and high quality as consumers have come to expect of it.
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