It should come as no surprise that mobile technology in training has been widely adopted by the professional learning audience – fundamental adult learning principles relating to relevance of material and timeliness of training are supported by mobile in ways few (if any) other platforms can. Mobile technology provides unparalleled access and flexibility of delivery to enhance learner outreach.
Organizations are also making significant investments in mobile devices to help move their businesses into the future. They are very incentivized to maximize the return on those technology investments, and one of the areas where they expect mobile utilization is training.
A major concern, with respect to the mobile virtual classroom, is that organizations expect the same outcomes from mobile learners as they expect from individuals learning from desktop virtual classrooms or even traditional classrooms. They have not yet learned that different learning environments are NOT created equal and there must be a different expectation for each learning environment in terms of outcome.
This session will help you to lead the discussion about the mobile virtual classroom in your organization, by focusing on the following topics:
- Designing for live desktop learning vs. designing for mobile devices – what’s the difference?
- Meeting business needs – the manager’s take on mobile virtual classrooms
- BYOD – learning on mobile devices
- Adult learning theory and mobile virtual learning
About Jennifer Hofmann
Jennifer Hofmann, a pioneer in the field of virtual classrooms, is the President of InSync Training, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in the design and delivery of virtual and blended learning. Featured in Forbes Most Powerful Women issue (June 16, 2014) as a New England Women Business Leader, she has led InSync Training to the Inc. 5000 as the 10th Fastest Growing Education Company in the U.S. in 2013 and the20th Fastest Growing Education Company in 2014.
Hofmann is the author of The Synchronous Trainer’s Survival Guide: Facilitating Successful Live and Online Courses, Meetings and Events (Pfeiffer, 2003), Live and Online! Tips, Techniques, and Ready-To-Use Activities for the Virtual Classroom (Pfeiffer, 2004), and How To Design For The Live Online Classroom: Creating Great Interactive and Collaborative Training Using Web Conferencing (Brandon Hall, 2005). Additionally, she is a chapter contributor to The Handbook of Blended Learning (Pfeiffer, 2006), The AMA Handbook of E-Learning (The American Management Association, 2003), and The ASTD Handbook for Workplace Learning Professionals (ASTD, 2008, 2014). She has co-authored, with Dr. Nanette Miner, Tailored Learning: Designing the Blend That Fits (ASTD, 2009), a book focused on taking advantage of distributed technologies to create the best blended training solution possible.
Her most recent projects include a monthly Training Magazine Online series titled Virtually There and her newest book Body Language in the Bandwidth – How Facilitators, Producers, Designers, and Learners Connect, Collaborate & Succeed in the Virtual Classroom (2015).
Follow Jennifer Hofmann at her blog, Body Language In The Bandwidth at http://blog.insynctraining.com or on Twitter @InSyncJennifer.