First, it provides a solid foundation for truly understanding mobile learning – it’s unique characteristics. In true Gary Woodill form, it first provides a well-researched background on mobile learning which will inform you’re thinking as you proceed through the book. This would even make it useful as a textbook (especially with the many resources listed in the book). But that doesn’t mean it’s a book for eggheads.
There are numerous case studies from the likes of Merrill Lynch, Nike, and Accenture that, along with strategies for using mobile learning for employee training, will provide corporate L&D professionals with the information they need to put the mobile learning pieces together – to mobilize learners.
My favorite chapter is probably Chapter 3: Methods for Effective Mobile Learning- Seven Principles for Employee Training. Although you might think some of these are common sense, it’s not always the case in how we actually approach employee training.
- Principle 1: Employees are adults who learn differently from children.
- Principle 2: Employees learn from solving problems that matter to them.
- Principle 3: Employees learn by collaborating as members of cohesive social groups.
- Principle 4: Employees learn through conversing with, and listening to, each other.
- Principle 5: Employees learn by integrating new information with what they already know.
- Principle 6: Employees learn through active experiences that involve their senses and their bodies.
- Principle 7: Employees learn best in concrete situations where the context matters to them.
I guess my greatest takeaway is remembering that it’s the learner that’s mobile not the learning.
There’s just a wealth of information in the book. I know I’ll reach for it often in my work. It’s a must have resource for anyone interested in developing employees through mobile technologies. See the table of contents for more on what’s inside the book.