Last week we were at Learning Technologies 2012 in London braving the winter chill here in London. Just as we expected this is probably the best show for the sort of products and services we offer. I met many prospects (which is always a real need), some existing clients/partners (always good to catch up), and some casual visitors; and a couple of walk-ins at the show to get the ‘flavor’ of the show. All the interactions were interesting and we learnt something from each one of them. We left the show more educated and very tired – after being constantly on our feet for two days.
So what was the flavor of the show?
I would say, undoubtedly, it was mobile learning. If you were there I’m sure you sensed mobile learning was in the air. All the major players in the UK-EU market showcased their mobile learning solutions and a number of free sessions focused on mobile learning. I believe this is just brilliant for mlearning. So many vendors offering mobile solutions will help the market expand faster. To be frank, mobile learning has been on the horizon for many years but it looks like it’s time has finally come.
But there are some obstacles …
I think there is a lack of understanding on the customers’ part about the following; these issues will delay the customer adoption of mobile learning:
Some of these have been answered on our blog earlier and while some of them are as old as 2 years but I think they are still very helpful in understanding the domain of mobile learning. And if you wish to explore further here’s a complete list of all our articles on mobile learning
On a Happy Note
Standing at our booth (#75) I overheard a presenter in the nearby theater talking about various models of implementing mobile learning. His conclusion was that a ‘wrapper app with content pushed / made available from server’ was the best option. I’m happy as our cross-platform product Upside2Go is based on the same concept. We describe it as the mobile ecosystem that combines formal training, informal, social, & collaborative learning on your mobile device.
Hope you found this post useful. If you have any other queries apart from the ones listed above, do share with us.