10 Cutting-edge Mobile Application Trends for 2012
Mobile applications will increasingly define the user experience on high-end devices.
For a previous employer, I was required to take online training courses once a year regarding corporate policies. This training involved several short instructional modules that dealt with topics like information security, workplace safety, environmental protection, growth opportunities, use of company resources and the corporate code of conduct. Quizzes followed each one.
While these training modules were largely well-produced and helpful, many of us felt burdened by them. They were all fairly brief, but they were legion (or, they seemed that way when on a deadline). In order to get them all completed within the given time frame, we had to devote time usually spent working on projects. Often, in a rush to get through them all, we would hastily click through them all, often paying just enough attention to earn the "passing grade" for each.
The company probably would have received more considered, thoughtful responses and quiz scores would likely have been higher overall-indicating a higher level of employee engagement-if they had provided more convenient alternatives for completing the training. Mobile learning and training solutions would have fit the bill nicely, allowing us to work through the videos and quizzes when time allowed, whether at work or outside of the office.
Citing mobile devices as social media, Quinn also recommends having rules in place for social learning initiatives, but he feels that management concerns about workers wasting time or revealing internal secrets as occasionally being "overblown":
If the workplace has a culture of sharing and mutual support, the conversations will be productive regardless of tool. On the other hand, if the culture is one where people are not trusted and the management is controlling, irrelevant conversations and activities will occur with or without mobile devices.
Use Quinn's recommendations to create a strategy that taps into mobile's power to connect people and augment learning.