mLearning – Hurdles Before The Big Leap

Let us start by saying that writing a blog post on mLearning hurdles is pretty tricky. And frankly the

Let us start by saying that writing a blog post on mLearning hurdles is pretty tricky. And frankly the thought of skipping it did cross our minds. But we have decided to go with it anyway. Even at the risk of sounding cynical.

We have gone through hundreds of blogs, articles, opinions and discussion forums concentrated around how mLearning is the red hot thing in 2012, how it’s becoming a very integral part of everyone’s learning strategies, and speculations around the way it would be implemented by organizations. We very much endorse the same views. However we don’t want to call it the present just yet. The future? Definitely but as of now more R&D is required before we can say that mLearning in the online training industry has arrived. Yes there will be stand alone examples in various forms of mLearning being applied at university level. But a corporate client will still need more time to consider mLearning development. And we mean serious mLearning development which goes beyond the usual brief “Make this course run on the iPad too.”

The reasons:

  1. Flash is getting extinct on mobile and HTML 5 is still to make its entry. Not only HTML 5 standards are still in evolution phase, the eLearning authoring tools also pose certain limitations. We have made significant development with tools that allow us to publish in HTML 5 but integrating the HTML 5 output with the eLearning publishing authoring tools is still not supported. Meanwhile our hopes are pinned on Articulate’s Storyline and Lectora Beta, slated to launch later this year. Hopefully these will be a game changers.
  2. The large variety of devices available for mLearning and their varied capabilities do not lend themselves for any fixed format of mLearning yet. There is an ongoing debates about the form in which content should be delivered on mobile devices. It just goes on to show that the eLearning community is in a discovery phase right now. Thus probably organizations will take some time to determine the right mLearning formulae on which they can bet.
  3. While there are some great articles and blogs talking about the possibilities with mLearning, but we have to look much harder for practical examples and that too with not so overwhelming success. That’s probably our cue that training managers are still spending time understanding than actually implementing it.

Undoubtedly mLearning is going to be big and it’s an exciting journey to be a part of. But let’s keep a check on our expectations of seeing it actually get implemented.

Do your agree with that? We would love to know your thoughts on this.

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