How To Win At Mobile Learning & The Zombie Apocalypse
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.