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Monday, May 08, 2017

3 Reasons “Mobile Learning” is Still New | FocusOn Learning 2017 - David Kelly

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"The term “mobile learning” has been around for quite some time, with its use starting even before the first iPhone was released." says David Kelly, The eLearning Guild.

It’s a term that we’ve been using for over a decade, and yet, I would argue that the concept of mobile learning is still new. Here are a few examples of what I mean.

Context Matters 
For the majority of people reading this post, the concept of walking around with a smartphone that is fully integrated into our daily lives is completely normal. That integration and normalcy is hardly ubiquitous at an organizational level.

There’s a lengthy adoption curve involved with mobile for an organization, and how far along you are in that adoption curve varies based on a number of factors, with organizational type, size, and culture being three major ones...

Phone Evolution
Adoption curves are often well-defined. They in many ways mirror the format of a marathon – a lengthy journey with a starting point called “just getting started”, and a finish line called “full adoption”.

The mobile learning adoption curve doesn’t work that way. While the starting point of “just getting started” is the same, the finish line is one that is constantly being pushed further back. It’s like reaching the halfway point in a marathon and then realizing the finish line was just moved five miles further back.

Source: FocusOn Learning 2017