It is amazing what one can do with mobile devices these days! Last Saturday, I had the chance to attend one of the TEDx talks organized by a local chapter. The talks were inspiring, true to the spirit of TED. In addition to the ideas shared by the speakers, I ended up getting first-hand demonstration on the power of mobile devices.
The just-in-time sketch
One of the speakers was a musician. He was sharing his musical journey and giving us a glimpse of his musical abilities. As he was playing the guitar, one member of the audience, seated two rows from me, was busy working on his iPad. On closer look, I noticed that he was actually drawing a sketch of the musician with finger strokes on his iPad, occasionally dipping his fingers into the virtual color palette.
As the guitarist finished one song, and moved on to demonstrate another piece, our sketch artist turned the pages of his virtual sketch book and began drawing yet another sketch of the musician. I was alternating my focus between the stage and the iPad in front of me and was amazed at the output; right before my eyes, the man produced an excellent replica of the man on the stage on his mobile device!
The app on the iPad provided a fillip to an idea and the artist swung into action. Just imagine apps that could enable your employees to do a multitude of activities including accessing knowledge just-in-time.
The just-in-time diagnosis
Another example of the power of mobile devices is demonstrated by Dr. Eric Topol, Cardiologist, geneticist and researcher. I got a chance to watch his interview where he shares about the ongoing research on mobile devices enabling patients to be partners in their own healthcare together with their physicians. Check out the YouTube video below to learn more about what I am talking about. I’ll let the video speak for itself.
The just-in-time knowledge
What I am arriving at with these two examples is that corporate training managers cannot ignore the potential and ability of these mobile devices in fostering a learning culture in the organization.
L & D professionals can expect better knowledge sharing if mobile devices are increasingly put to good use for learning and development. In fact, they can foster peer-to-peer collaboration where useful and relevant information can be accessed just when they need it the most. Mobile devices have some really amazing potential and their role in knowledge sharing is irrefutable. Don’t you agree?