In today’s always-on, technology-driven world, many of us take having an Internet connection for granted. But what happens when technology is unreliable and we still need to access our devices for offline learning? Not having a stable and reliable Internet connection is one of the challenges of offline learning and can be very frustrating for a learner, especially when they’ve set time aside in their busy schedules to complete a course.
Online vs offline: the challenges of offline learning
Offline learning shouldn’t be a stumbling block to learning. When it comes to learning, the ‘e’ in elearning usually implies online, switched on and permanently connected to the Internet or some form of Wi-Fi. But this doesn’t have to be the case. With gomo, offline learning is a very real possibility for all learners, no matter where they are in the world or what device they’re using.
In the free gomo ebook ‘Learn, track and update: how to meet the challenges of offline learning’, we look at how an authoring tool can solve the problem of offline learning.
Download the free gomo ebook to learn about:
- The need for 24/7 employee accessibility to your content – no matter where they are in the world
- How a native app, like the gomo central app, can deliver content to learners on the device of their choice
- The importance of content that is delivered using HTML5 responsive design
- How to track learner activity in offline mode
The many types of offline learning
The need for an offline learning solution can arise in several different scenarios. Below is a list of some of them.
Remote workers – not all learners are sitting behind desks and in front of computers. Some are in remote areas, like oil rig workers who operate off-land or hospitality staff in far-flung destinations. Also, while we generally associate stable Internet with first-world countries, some parts of first-world countries, like rural towns, may have patchier signal than heavily populated urban areas. Learners in third-world countries may also experience unreliable Internet.
Commuters – whether that’s by train, plane, boat, taxi or Uber, getting to and from the office is often regarded as the perfect time for learners to look at their training programs. It would be naive to assume that signal can always be reliably used for workers to access elearning content on their laptops, tablets or smartphones. In the journey to the office or to visit a client, learners might encounter ‘dead zones’ where there’s no connectivity and accessing a course can therefore prove problematic.
Salespeople – sales teams are often on the move, travelling between home, the office and clients. Having a permanent and reliable Internet connection could prove the difference between the salesperson getting their ‘in the moment of need’ knowledge as part of product training and therefore closing a sale, or arriving unprepared for a client meeting because they couldn’t access a refresher course.
Home-workers, contractors, freelancers and part-time workers – these days, many organizations are now using part-time or contract workers to complete tasks. These workers may be working from home or from the office, or might need to take elearning before arriving at the office for a shift. Offline learning could also be useful for permanent employees who occasionally work from home and need to upskill while there.