Should You Leave Your Laptop Home In Favor of Your Smartphone?

» Posted by Jeanne Meister  » Posted on 04.23.09

What Makes A Smartphone Smart

The growth of mobile devices continues; it is now estimated there are more than 3 billion mobile subscribers and this number is estimated to rise to over 4 billion by 2010. In particular, the size and growth of the Smartphone market is expanding rapidly and will exceed the laptop market for the next five years, according to a report by market research company In-Stat.

What will be the impact of this on corporate learning? Are you ready to leave your laptop home?

The recent survey of 125 heads of Human Resource and Corporate Learning conducted by New Learning Playbook blog and Human Capital Institute revealed several relevant findings:

  • While 33% of organizations have a mobile learning pilot currently underway, 70% of organizations surveyed are investigating the use of mobile learning in the next 12-18 months.
  • Typical areas of usage include product training, sales training and compliance training, but the overwhelming use is for on-going performance support.
  • There are some issues that need to be addressed, these include diversity of hardware and software, screen size, security and a host of instructional design issues.

However, the bottom line, as profiled in this survey respondent’s view of potential of mobile learning:

“The real power of mobile learning is around the interactivity and the ability to create learning campaigns rather than learning events. And of course it is fun as well.”
-Head of Learning, Finland

So what are your views on mobile learning? Share your thoughts with me and stay tuned for the date and time of a webcast on this topic.

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