Tony Bingham (still) encourages you to go mobile (again)

Following this morning’s Acrobatic Stunt Tempting Death with the awesome and funny comedy juggling duo The Passing Zone, ASTD President Tony Bingham opens the second day of the ASTD2013 ICE in Dallas.

What’s on Tony’s mind today?
According to Tony Bingham, the “me, me, me generation” is having an impact on how we do learning today. Our new learning participants have grown up on fast self-service mobile connected learning. They don’t want to sit in slow static training classes, 6 months later than they asked for it. The traditional model of static HR-organised boring learning is not going to work forever. We need to deliver a new learning model. Generation Y will prevail. Are you on the train?

…and it’s not just the kids
Tony Bingham tells us that even if it is the younger generation that has forced us to be aware of new (learning) needs, the issues are relevant for everyone. He asks if anyone still thinks that mobile is going away, despite the fact that there are more mobile devices in commission that humans on the planet. He encourages the learning community not to pass-off mobile as a fad that will go away, or use the “fad-argument” as an excuse for inaction. And he tells us to take more action. At the moment, not enough people are taking up the opportunity: Only 31% of learning organisations utilise mobile to deliver content. Mobile IS here to stay and it’s a great opportunity.

On a personal note, I heard this same point from Tony Bingham last year on day 2 and apparently it was on the opening agenda in 2011 as well. This begs the following questions:

  • Are the folks at ASTD the only ones who think we should adopt mobile?
  • Or are learning people all late adopters?
  • Or am I just impatient, unaware of the natural adoption curve of any new technology (it will take another 10 years….)?
  • If you ARE going mobile, here are some tips:

  • Make learning lessons short and easy to digest
  • Keep your visuals simple
  • Don’t include too much actual “interaction” with the device during the lesson. This causes problems when implementing across diverse device types.
  • Don’t let the IT and risk departments brush off mobile learning and “bring-your-own-device schemes as any more risky than other things, like laptops, USB sticks, email and phonecall. Separate what is confidential and what is not and for what is not, think about what you can push-out with mobile.
  • Identify the early adopters and work with them
  • Read the ASTD literature on the topic
  • Think mobile. Put it in your design approach, at least asking the question: Is mobile relevant here?
  • Thank you Tony!

    ps I had the chance to speak with Tony prior to the conference. You can read the interview here.
    …and don’t forget to watch the Daily Dallas Weather Reports live from ASTD2013 on

    Published by Dan Steer

    For the last 17 years, I have been helping businesses and individuals to achieve their goals through delivery of tailor-made learning and development initiatives. Most of the time, I deliver training, coach individuals, facilitate brainstorming sessions, round-table meetings and workshops. As a consultant, I help my clients to promote and profit from the infinite learning opportunities within and without their own organisation, drawing on my L+D management experience, strategic approach and creativity, As a speaker, I inspire through story, humour and pertinent little bits of theory. I believe that the world would be a better place if people were happily working on their mission with competence and alignment to personal values. As a freelance worker since 2008, I have helped more than 11000 individuals to improve their presentation, communication, commercial, leadership and negotiation skills. I confront people with their own behaviour and convictions, facilitating and giving pertinent feedback and clear ideas on where to continue good work and improve. I seek to satisfy my clients with creative and to-the-point solutions… …and I make music, but no-one pays me much for it yet :-) First single here:

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