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Six out of 10 L&D managers prefer mobile learning to traditional methods, finds KnowledgePool

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Almost two thirds of learning & development managers feel they should be using mobile learning, according to a survey by KnowledgePool.

A poll asked 120 L&D managers about their perception of training within their organisation, and six out of 10 believed that mobile learning was the way forward.

Al Bird, learning consultancy director at KnowledgePool said: "New technology has always been greeted with excitement. However, in an oft-repeated sequence, there comes a realisation that this new way forward isn't going to change everything and the technology suffers a dip in popularity. Once people come to terms with the true value of the product and the ways it can genuinely make a difference it gradually returns to the market in a more realistic form.

"Mobile learning is still in its infancy and like e-learning before it, the hype is currently high but many L&D managers are yet to be convinced of its benefits."

But Bird feels that mobile learning will quickly prove its worth.

"Technology has moved on so fast since the early days of virtual learning and e-learning. With smartphone usage increasing by the second, and tablet ownership on the rise, now is the time to get to grips with what mobile learning can bring to the table," he added.

"Interactivity brings back the human element and the value of mobile learning is not just in the delivery method which keeps costs down but also in the delivery mechanism which engages the delegate.

"We plan to answer questions like is it right for you, will it work and how do you ensure it is successful."