How To Win At Mobile Learning & The Zombie Apocalypse
Published by Caryne Kinne on 6/30/2016
I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead, and I can admit that I’ve watched more then my fair share of zombie movies. As I was thinking about it, there are a few basic rules to avoid the deadly bite, and they are the exact same rules to follow if you want to get ahead in the mobile learning game.
Rule #1: Repetition Is KeyThe first thing you have to learn in a world of living dead is how to effectively kill one. Duh – we all know that’s a blow to the head, but how many poor saps have you seen get a chunk taken out of them anyway? They aren’t doing it frequently, and they are out of practice. Us humans tend not to retain what we cram for, or what we hear once. We need repetition to reinforce the knowledge, and we need to experience it in different ways. Design your learning that way. Finding a system that provides many options on how learners can both receive knowledge and want to actively seek it is key.
Rule #2: Resources Are PreciousWhen walkers take over, resources dwindle pretty quickly, and having access to the basics of food, water and weapons is the difference between whether or not you make it to Season 2. The same is true with mobile learning design. Each organization has a limited number of resources. You need a feature-rich system that is affordable, gives you a ton of value and doesn’t force you to throw away everything you’ve previously spent your precious resources on (think existing systems or courseware).
Rule #3: Keep MovingFace it – in zombie world, if you stay put, you tend to be dinner. There isn’t much rest for the weary, and you don’t typically see people swinging in a hammock reading a good book. Those that want to get ahead not only accept this fact - they embrace it. They stay in shape, hone their existing skills and develop new ones. Learners are fickle. What worked a few years ago may still work today, but man can it be boring, and then you lose them. You need to stretch every creative muscle and invest in a system that can support your talent and ideas. Find tools that can evolve with you and your learners.
You need to surround yourself with like-minded, committed individuals who become an extension of you.
The Ultimate Rule: Find A Good TeamLoners aren’t typically zombie apocalypse survivors. You don’t last long by yourself. Selecting a mobile learning vendor is exactly the same. You are investing in a team of people just as much as you are a product. Their ability to evolve that product efficiently and creatively while providing stellar service and support is huge. So…will our mobile learning platform save you during a zombie apocalypse? Probably not, but we’d be a good crew to have by your side if the zombies ever do take over.
With her training and consulting services background, Caryne, as COO, brings a resolute and strategic mindset to her numerous operational duties. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato, with a B.S. in Business Education for Corporate Training. She also holds a M.A. in the same field from New York University. Caryne is originally from northern Wisconsin, but now enjoys the outdoor lifestyle of Minnesota, including hiking, biking, boating and kayaking with her husband and children.