MLN 6.23.16

Our Mobile Learning Network is a fairly new community. With any new community, I often wonder about the people around me. Questions like these come to mind:

  • Who here has actually done a mobile learning project?
  • What tools are people using?
  • How confident are people in their mLearning skills?

I want a read on the room, basically, but it’s tough to gauge who fellow members are in a new community. It can take years. Knowing more usually causes me to engage more though. If I know attendees share my confidence level, I’ll more likely approach them during networking time. If I know attendees are dealing with the same issues I am, I’ll more likely speak up during the Q&A.

My guess is that, if getting a stronger “read on the room” helps me, it could help you. I want this post to give you a better understanding your fellow Mobile Learning Network members. And, if you’re not a member yet, I hope you find commonality with members and ask to join.

I created a survey, sent it out, and 23% of the community replied, which is a good outcome for a survey of an external audience. Here are the results.

 

Q1. Have you ever done, or been a part of, an mLearning project?

 

Q2. Are you currently involved with any type of mLearning project?

 

Q3. Do you think your company will do an mLearning project in the next year?

 

Q4. If you’ve done mLearning projects before, which tools were used by you or your team?

The “other” tools listed were:

  • Xyleme
  • Lectora Publisher
  • HTML5

There were two more comments: developed using LMS tools and screen capture; LMS, e-learning content vendor tools (Harvard, SkillSoft, etc), employee portal mobile capability.

 

Q5. How do you learn about, or keep updated about, mLearning?

The “other” replies were:

  • L&D conferences
  • PACT
  • eLearning Guild

 

Q6. How confident do you feel about your mLearning skills (in whichever role you would likely play)?

 

Q7. What mLearning topics are you interested in for future discussions or blog posts?

The “other” replies were:

  • Security in using a mobile device and convincing leadership/IT
  • Explaining what mLearn means
  • Infrastructure to support (connecting with company IT)

 

What did I think?

I found all the results fascinating, especially that 81% of respondents “think their company will do an mLearning project in the next year.” The result of that question alone tells me this community is useful. Next, I was interested to see the majority of respondents were either “Not very confident” or “Somewhat confident” in their mLearning skills. I actually like that because it means the majority of members are in the same boat — most members still have a lot to learn in order to be “very confident.”

 

What did you think?

We’d love to hear from you! Leave your comments or analysis in the comment section below, or comment on LinkedIn or Twitter.

 

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2 Comments on “7 details about Mobile Learning Network members

  1. Monica Swanson

    Brian – thanks for conducting the survey, and more importantly sharing the results! This in itself is enlightening to see (what others are thinking).

    For “Q7: What mLearning topics are you interested in for future discussions or blog posts?” I was focusing on the topics that had 50% or more interest, which are as follows:
    – Usability for mLearning
    – Responsive design
    – Differences between eLearning and mLearning
    – What role(s) should mLearning play in your learning strategies
    – Challenges with mLearning and LMSs
    – Instructional design for mLearning

    This reinforced that this group is doing mLearning and want more insight so they can deliver better solutions. I think this list alone is a great focus for the upcoming year!

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    1. Brian Keller, Manager of Digital Engagement

      Thanks, Monica! Yeah, I’ve had this idea for awhile — figuring out the makeup of our group and letting group members see it. Too much goes unknown in community gatherings, and I figured that shedding light on people’s perspectives and experiences would help everyone engage.

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