Break free: Go beyond the traditional learning (Part 3)

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by Anita Vinod & Teena Thimothy  on 14 May ’15

Recap:

  • How to implement SLIM methodology?
  • Salient differences between Traditional learning & SLIM

2 Billion+: this is the approximate number of Smartphone users worldwide. The numbers are only going up by the second with smartphones becoming affordable and the preferred medium of communication. Also advancements in 3G and 4G networks have resulted in having almost 83% usage of internet through mobiles.

The omnipresent, freely available, user friendly, cross-platform instant messaging app and services are the backbone of Social Learning via Instant Messaging (SLIM) programs. Instant messaging apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, Line, FB Messenger, Viber, Tango and many others have become a favourite with mobile users globally.

These diverse apps and services are available with wide-ranging features and hence, cater to a gamut of user choices.. However, the viability of instant messaging as a medium of fulfilling learning needs has to be probed more deeper. The early adopters of this service wonder as to which is the best platform for engaging employees and their learning needs.

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For the new method of learning to work in favour of the organization the learning content needs to be built and synchronized with employee’s actual work requirement and work timings.

As already discussed in the earlier blogs on SLIM, the target audience for this type of flexible, on–the-go learning methodology are those employees who are located away from the corporate offices. To put SLIM learning service in place all the organization needs is –

  • a working phone number
  • an internet connection

This will seamlessly integrate all your contacts. No user IDs, no passwords – learning is simplified through the benefits of messaging, and the training can be implemented at a fraction of the cost.

New apps seem to be released at a rapid pace than ever before, with better technology and features. Through SLIM we can assist you in choosing an apt platform for your employees’ learning needs.

Despite the fact that SLIM as a medium for learning sounds interesting, it raises a whole lot of questions, like –

  • Would employees be ready to compromise an app which was so far meant for leisure, for another learning platform?
  • During the working hours, how would employees be accounted for- whether they are using apps for their personal messaging or for learning?
  • This is an app which is already seen as a good enough cause for distraction at the workplace. Wouldn’t using it for learning put employees on their smartphones even more, affecting productivity?

On the upside, making use of instant messaging for learning may help turn the otherwise passive learners into active drivers of their mutual learning within a set and established group.

Then again we may wonder why a desktop LMS loses on this. Well it may be because of user-friendliness, convenience and making learning a lot more fun than usual.

Stay tuned to learn more about data security issues and their workarounds in SLIM

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