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EdTech for the Information “Now” Age

EdTech for the Information “Now” Age

Business training and learning is a multi-billion dollar market, with mobile training seeing double-digit growth in 2016. This upward trend in mobile training is expected to continue in 2017. Why? We have evolved to the “Now” Age. Yes, we're still in the Information Age, but we have come to expect information to always be at our fingertips—from anywhere at any time.

Currently the largest area of mobile training is in viewing of content. To keep pace with today’s anywhere-anytime world, many EdTech solutions have simply concentrated on making content available to consume on mobile devices. However, we are seeing that most of these training development and delivery solutions continue to be Web first—mobile is often viewed as just one more screen for consumption of the same content. It is my belief that the future of training development and delivery is in a mobile-first world.

Observing the way people are using technology today, I see the mobile-first platform approach to be predominant in the long run. It allows us to leverage all the amazing advancements in mobile technology, as well as daily increases in mobile tech competency among mainstream users. We develop for the “Now” generation and their handheld “super devices” that have become the norm. Today’s mobile devices can capture and share every type of media, are typically with us all the time, and can always be connected. Users that expect information “Now” are increasingly frustrated whenever they find it isn’t available from the device already in their hands.

While the big trend in EdTech until now has been to consume content from a mobile device, new platforms like LearnBolt are going one step further with a quick and easy solution for not only consuming, but creating and delivering training on mobile devices. LearnBolt’s mobile, cloud-based solution empowers users to easily curate and collect instructional and support content from anywhere, then quickly organize their ideas using custom Learn Path templates. The moment a Learn Path is created, you can share it instantly to one or thousands of learners—from anywhere you have a mobile connection.

Businesses of all sizes need to be nimble to keep pace with today's fast paced world and “Now” generation. Robust training systems have traditionally been out of reach for small businesses; and even large organizations increasingly find it cumbersome to overcome inertia and push out just-in-time training. I envision training as a more dynamic, in-the-moment process and plan to lead this trend as this new breed of training solution unfolds. The goal is to empower businesses with a quick and easy solution to sustain quality and consistency in their products and services. More than ever, knowledge management, sharing, and agile training delivery are the key to business success. Onward!

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