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More flexible eLearning expanding technology's reach

Training via mobile device seems set to pick up steam.

One of the most exciting areas of eLearning development is the creation of mobile capabilities and other types of increased flexibility. This is because the paradigm shift to this new type of training has the chance to change training as it has been known over the years. Faced with this type of opportunity, companies are no doubt eager to gain as many advantages as possible relative to the old-fashioned model of sending the whole team away to attend a seminar. That version of employee education was limited by high costs and timing constraints, but digital represents a clean break from it - new advantages are emerging all the time.

"There are savings and ROI benefits to be had from mobile strategies."

Getting over the barriers
Companies today are in search of improved training performance, something that mobile-enabled eLearning solutions promise. According to a recent piece by Training Zone contributor John O'Brien, there are still challenges associated with implementing these methods and becoming more modern. This is really self-evident, as the benefits are clear: If there weren't at least a few environmental factors at play, eLearning adoption would surely be universal.

However, O'Brien predicted a future in which these challenges have been overcome, pointing out trends that point to a mobile-enabled future. There may be significant performance rewards for companies that can get over these barriers the most quickly. For instance, the author explained that some businesses may be balking at going mobile because they perceive security difficulties around the use of training programs that can be taken along by workers. O'Brien noted that while he can't imagine security will ever not be a top-of-mind business concern, network defenses may soon stop leaders from using this as a reason to avoid mobility.

ELearning's flexibility is greater when solutions are mobile-enabled.
ELearning's flexibility is greater when solutions are mobile-enabled.

The author also explained there is some hesitation because leaders want to have proven track records that show eLearning plans will work for them. The fact that the technology has recently undergone development is bound to cause problems for executives who demand extensive notes. However, O'Brien believes that with early adoption underway, there will soon be enough positive stories to convince these thorough planners.

As for why he's so convinced there will be positive reports soon, O'Brien explained there are both savings and return on investment benefits to be had from well-designed mobile strategies. Integrating these efforts into an existing eLearning plan could allow employers to extend more flexibility and freedom than ever before to the learners within their organizations, opening up new training possibilities and empowering self-starting workers.

A market on the move
As O'Brien implied, the accelerating use of eLearning solutions could be the best advertising the technology could receive, as potential users will see what has gone before. As for the speed of new adoption, TechNavio research suggested the compound annual growth rate for eLearning tech between 2014 and 2019 will be 15.06 percent, with plenty of new users coming on board and discovering what the technology has to offer. The source gave a few of the more basic benefits that have businesses converting: With eLearning, these companies are bolstering their employees' individual productivity while saving money compared to traditional training.

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