Adopting Mobile Learning within a Blended Learning Approach to Influence and Advance Employee Development in the Workplace

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Kristine Lalonde
Athabasca University
Toronto, Canada

Abstract: In the corporate training environment, a blended learning approach generally consists of a combination of classroom and e-learning activities. As mobile technologies continue to advance at a rapid pace and mobile device ownership steadily increases, it is time for the workplace to catch up and introduce mLearning within their blended learning strategies. The true value proposition of corporate mobile learning is to augment the learning experience and provide performance
support to employees. Although there are many benefits to adopting mobile learning as part of the blended learning solution, the challenges, including primarily security considerations and budget limitations, remain and have forced many corporate institutions to delay any mobile learning technology implementations until further assurances are in place. However, despite their reservations, solutions to these challenges are available and concerns can be decreased with proper design and planning. In order to ensure that employees are engaged and accountable, today’s digital learner needs to quickly and easily access information; when used properly, mobile learning can provide the solution. Now is the time for corporate training to include mobile applications to support employee development and maintain a knowledgeable workforce. This paper provides a brief overview of the role of mLearning in the current corporate setting to help the reader consider the affordances and challenges of implementing mobile learning within a blended learning strategy.

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