Clive had a great day today. As the Director of US Sales for a global tech company, he attended an early morning meeting with a CEO in Miami, played a round of golf with the manager of a new – and potentially profitable – account in South Carolina, and headed back to New York for another meeting first thing tomorrow.
Clive travels for work more than he stays home. He’s the star of his company’s remote sales team, and he loves what he does.
He’s not alone. A study published by Stanford University found that employees are 13% more productive when working remotely. Like Clive, many enjoy the freedom, the self-direction and the feeling of being trusted by their company to make the right strategic decisions.
But even in this ideal situation, there can be issues. And for Clive and his company, there are several. The high-tech software Clive sells to his company’s clients has just been updated – and his meeting tomorrow is anticipated to be the one that will clinch a new deal. He has not yet seen the updates.
Is Clive worried? Not so much. Waiting for him on his laptop is online content sent by his Director of Learning while Clive played golf: It includes a tutorial on the new updates. Tonight, from his hotel room – with a five-hour time difference separating him from the company training department – he’ll learn all he needs to know to ink the deal.
How so? The magic of gomo. Managing remote sales teams creates unique challenges, but thanks to cloud-based eLearning authoring tools such as gomo, organizations can overcome one of the biggest: providing remote workers with the training they need wherever they are and as soon as they need it.
eLearning courses and content produced with gomo are automatically stored and managed in the cloud, eliminating the need for complicated software uploads or downloads. Because they are authored this way, they can be delivered instantly from the cloud to anyone who has access to the Internet. The gomo authoring and hosting tool features online access and storage, allowing Clive to do his ‘homework’ so he can shine tomorrow morning.
Offline learning for commuters
Even urban workers who commute extensively may have prolonged periods without a connection. Like Lucy, who works as a paralegal in a law firm located in a large city center, with a long commute from her suburban home. She also attends an urban college in a classroom one night per week, studying intellectual property rights – her firm’s speciality.
In our super-connected world, there has been significant discourse regarding intellectual property rights. The legal lines of what is private content material and what is public content have become blurry and sometimes misunderstood. Questions of ownership of copyrighted or digitized products abound. Knowing current law is crucial.
With a full-time job, a home in the suburbs and two children, how can Lucy hope to keep up with it all – including her classwork assignments? The answer is by combining two strong advantages: her long commute time, and the eLearning modules on her smartphone.
The daily commute might just be the perfect time for learners to access eLearning content on their laptops, tablets or smartphones. In the journey to the office, to visit a client or in Lucy’s case her journey from work to classes, gomo allows learners to have access to learning content while offline or online. Also, gomo features online access and storage, which allows for safe back up and maintenance of course content remotely, rather than locally.
Offline eLearning via gomo – allowing content to be set up ahead of time when access to Internet connection is available – is the solution for those who don’t have an Internet connection at home or while traveling, who work in far-off rural areas, or in parts of the globe where connections are few and far-between.
The learning needs of remote workers
Access to content for disconnected learners is especially important to remote workers such as Sean, an oil rig technician from Chicago.
Like most offshore oil rig jobs, Sean’s position calls for a 14/21 day rotation; that means he works for 14 days and has 21 days off. This equates to Sean having approximately three-fifths of the year off on holiday. That, sadly, is the good news. The bad news? His oil rig is located in Saudi Arabia, nearly 7,000 miles away from his home.
Those whose professions see them working in far-flung corners of the globe – yet also require constant learning and training – must rely on offline learning content such as that made accessible by an authoring tool like gomo to continue their training. Sean’s training portal allows for streamlined access to online courses, adding real value to his work profile and keeping him up to date with the latest technology.
Being disconnected doesn’t mean the end of learning, by any means. Many workers, in fact, consider offline learning as their “new normal”. Organizations see it as the new norm as well, as they more often use contractors, freelancers, project-based workers and part-time workers these days.
Offline learning scenarios
We’ve just seen three real-world offline learning scenarios that require employees to have access to offline learning. There are dozens more.
If you’d like to learn more about how offline learning could work for you or your organization, download the gomo ebook, ‘Learn, track and update: how to meet the challenges of offline learning’ today.
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