Enhance video and mobile learning access.
The launch of mobile computing has generated a demand for content that’s available anywhere, anytime. As a result, developing learning content for mobile technology is quickly becoming a top priority for CLOs.
The cloud is suited for global, 24/7/365 delivery of learning content via numerous technologies — laptops, mobile devices, tablets and more. The real challenge is finding the best way to develop mobile learning content.
“We are still trying to figure out the mobile aspect of learning,” said Randy Hugie, program manager, certification and skills assessments at Novell. “Developing the appropriate strategies and content is what we’re working on now. Cloud computing is the centerpiece of this process.”Improve management costs and efficiency.
Another way cloud adoption will impact learning is by lowering management costs and raising efficiency levels.
“There are many generic (learning) functions that can be performed efficiently and inexpensively in the cloud. This will free time, talent and resources to be directed toward critical organizational needs,” said Anthony Irace, vice president, learning and performance at ADP.
“EMC is a technology company, and through virtualization and using a cloud service model for some of our newer education offerings and programs, we’ve reduced costs significantly,” Clancy said. “Applications that have traditionally been created and managed inside our firewall have been laborious to design and support. The cloud changes all of that.”
Ideally, organizations should place as much content as possible in the cloud because it offers easier access, lower costs and greater security as technologies mature. However, think tank participants collectively stated that each learning program and service should be evaluated separately to determine which platform best serves the organization and the user. YouTube, for example, is a learning application that must be hosted externally. But security levels, content, searches and access can be customized internally to better match a learning organization’s goals.