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Your Brain on Apps
Knowledge sharing and informal learning benefits shouldn’t be left at the desktop.
The sales of smartphones have now outpaced the sales of feature phones, according to media research company Nielsen, and that’s not going to slow down. This is a critical shift for organizations that want to increase performance by leveraging this explosion.Mobile developer Chad Udell from mobile learning provider Float Mobile Learning said companies are finding success with executives, salespeople and field techs. “We may be set to enter the golden age as more companies follow these early adopters into mobile learning,” he said.However, to take advantage of mobile, companies have to think differently about what m-learning means. Despite the moniker, m-learning largely is not about courses. Instead, it’s about augmenting formal learning and individual performance via the delivery of content, computational support and connections to others. Desktop capabilities are now on tap anywhere, as is the ability to take advantage of and respond to the context in which employees perform.As humans, we have augmented our brains with technology to do things our minds don’t do well. While our brains are good at pattern matching and making meaning, we’ve used books to remember things we can’t recall perfectly, tools such as adding machines to compensate for limited memory, cameras and microphones to capture the world around us and mail and telephones to communicate with others at a distance. Digital technology has become the malleable augment to human brains.This augmentation is available wherever and whenever we need. That’s the promise of mobile apps — one employee can have the augmentation how he or she wants it, and another can have it differently. Even if employees have the same role, work for the same company and own the same phone, it’s a safe bet that one employee would have a different suite of apps on his or her phone than another. Both, however, will be using the phone. There is more Web access through mobile devices than through desktops, and there is an opportunity here to change how organizations address performance and learning.Focus on Mobility
Mobile is a significant shift in how people act globally, and learning leaders should seek ways to take advantage of this. The first answer is to make a wireless network available so employees don’t have to use a phone signal. Isn’t it better for employees to be inside rather than standing outside taking a social media cigarette break?
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