SOURCE: Meridian Knowledge Solutions, LLC
HERNDON, VA--(Marketwire - Jul 26, 2012) - In a speech next month to attendees of the Washington Interactive Learning Technologies Conference, Meridian Knowledge Solutions Product Development and Research Director Vinay Nilakantan will show training specialists how to present their organizations with a business case for mobile learning. His presentation titled "Training for a Mobile Workforce" includes several "must-dos" for building a successful mobile learning strategy.
Nilakantan's remarks will give training specialists a suggested plan and a platform for building the services they need to reach a constantly moving workforce. Forty-four percent of mobile workers, reports PCWorld, sometimes leave their laptop in the office and, instead, rely on a mobile device to do work when not on-site. The magazine also writes that 80 percent of Baby Boomers and 90 percent of Millennials (born between 1981 and 2000) in the workforce have a smartphone. This presents both challenges and opportunities, says Nilakantan.
"If you have a library of training courses that your organization delivers to a laptop, employers now need the services to make these courses equally compelling on a tablet, such as the iPad," adds Nilakantan. "Training and IT professionals are quickly losing the ability to control what type of mobile platform learners will choose, especially when the population of learners consists of business partners or customers.
"Must-do mobile strategy #1 is this: Ensure your learning technology can hurdle the problem of delivering courses to multiple mobile devices. Automatically tag what type of content goes to mobile users, based on the learner's mobile platform," remarks Nilakantan.
Nilakantan's presentation underscores the importance of enabling organizations to author content once and deploy it on various platforms, integrated into a single learning management system (LMS). This, says Nilakantan, increases a businessperson's productivity from the standpoint of creating content and taking training. Nilakantan also outlines how an effective mobile strategy will support, for example, learners who want to download a course from an LMS to their tablet or smartphone prior to taking a flight, and giving the user a way to complete the course en route. Once their flight lands, they would synchronize their iPad or BlackBerry with their organization's LMS.
According to Nilakantan, creating and delivering a solid mobile learning strategy requires a thorough evaluation of both the services and technologies an organization will need to develop and distribute mobile learning to employees, business partners and customers. "Mobile learning has become as much about training customers and business partners as employees," says Nilakantan. "The mobile paradigm is increasingly complex and has to include a mobile-learning strategy for the extended enterprise too."
Nilakantan will deliver his remarks on Aug. 15, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Reston Hotel, Reston, Virginia. The Washington Interactive Learning Technologies Conference is produced by the Society for Applied Learning Technology, a professional organization catering to the field of instructional technology.
Meridian Knowledge Solutions is the #1-rated human-capital management company for customer loyalty, with a documented customer retention rate of 98 percent. Meridian provides integrated solutions for over 350 clients with 8.5 million active users including AutoZone, Bell Helicopter, CSX Corporation, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., Panera Bread, Sunrise Senior Living, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and more than 80 federal, state and local governments. Meridian takes a unique approach to tailor every solution to exact client needs. Meridian asks the right questions, listens and molds its solution to fit its customers' unique requirements. Meridian offers SaaS, private cloud or on-premises deployments.
Meridian's flagship product, the Meridian Global LMS, integrates advanced learning management, mobile learning, social learning, e-commerce, learning content management, performance management and workforce analytics into one fully integrated solution. Meridian also provides strategic professional services, mobile and e-learning courseware development and hosting services.
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