ePath Learning announces support of mobile learning (mLearning) with ePath Learning ASAP+, its integrated Learning Management Service. James Hardie is an early adopter using ASAP+ to develop, deliver, and manage mLearning courses for its sales team. With mLearning, the James Hardie sales team will have access to the organization’s online learning initiatives via their Blackberries or other mobile devices. This enhances the ability of the sales people to access training anywhere, anytime, and without the need for a PC or laptop.
Mobile Learning or “mLearning” is the next step in the evolution of online learning. According to Allison Baughman, Organizational Development Manager of James Hardie, “This makes the most sense from a technology and cost-savings approach. We outfitted our employees with mobile devices to improve communications and productivity, so it is only logical that in addition to having access to email and the internet, they should also have access to training. Although our online learning initiatives have enabled our employees to access courses 24x7, there had been a limitation for those employees who rely primarily on their mobile devices when traveling or out of the office. Now, thanks to the support from ePath Learning, courses will be delivered right to their PDA.”
The move to mobile learning brings with it certain unique challenges. Content must be delivered in a format conducive to small screens and in shorter segments than would traditionally be accessed from a full screen laptop or PC. Since James Hardie already utilizes a “rapid-fire” approach which condenses training content down to 20-40 minute modules for the sales team, these modules can be optimized for the “small screen” and provide a launching point for the James Hardie mLearning program. The primary benefit is to enable the sales team to utilize what was formerly “lost time” like waiting at the airport or waiting for appointments. Whenever they have down time, they can take advantage and turn unproductive time into productive learning time. Plus, this will reduce the amount of in-office time required of the field sales team, enabling them to spend more time in the field making sales calls to clients.
According to Dudley Molina, CEO and President, ePath Learning, “We were very excited when James Hardie approached us with their needs of developing a mobile learning program in conjunction with their online learning initiatives. The foundation of our technology, ASAP+, was uniquely positioned to support them. This is another great example of the level of support we provide our clients to assist them in maximizing the features available to them through their subscription.” Thanks to ePath Learning’s revolutionary subscription-based model, all clients have the mobile learning functionality without having to buy anything new. By offering mobile learning initiatives, clients will increase the availability of their learning content, gain more value from existing online courses, decrease the barriers to accessing learning, and achieve an immediate return on their investment.
About James Hardie
James Hardie (jameshardie.com) is a building products manufacturer and world leader in fiber cement technology, with operations in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.
About ePath Learning
ePath Learning, Inc. (epathlearning.com), an industry leader in online learning management solutions, offers an on-demand integrated Learning Management Service (iLMS) that is easy to use, fully scalable, and available anytime, anywhere you can access a web browser – even on your mobile device. The iLMS is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application that eliminates equipment, resource, and deployment costs associated with other software solutions. ePath Learning also provides course design, development, and conversion services through its award winning Pro Services team. Combined with its subscription based model and client-centric support program, ePath Learning is committed to your success. Let ePath Learning put your learning initiatives on the ePath to Success!
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