Skillsoft, a global leader in learning and talent management, today announced that its latest Skillsoft Learning App is now available for Android and iOS devices, supporting growing customer and user demand for access to mobile learning. Leveraging Skillsoft’s patented multi-modal search and curation capabilities, the Skillsoft Learning App simplifies the content discovery experience by proactively recommending videos, books, audiobooks and summaries based on an individual user’s interests.
The release of the Skillsoft Learning App on both Android and iOS, which together represent more than 95 percent of the global market share for devices, significantly expands the ability of Skillsoft and its customers to extend mobile learning across a broad and diverse range of employees and learners.
“In today’s increasingly digital workplace, employees are demanding more flexibility than ever before in terms of the tools and technologies they expect and require, including the ability to access work on their mobile devices. While employers recognize the need to embrace mobile in the workplace, they are hamstrung when trying to balance security and support for multiple devices with the benefits to employees and the organization,” said Tim Hildreth, vice president of product management at Skillsoft. “Skillsoft’s turnkey Learning App is a win-win for both organizations and employees. Not only are we helping customers expand access to anytime, anywhere learning, we’re also making it convenient for employees to proactively build the skills and knowledge they need - whether at the airport, Starbucks or at a remote work site – to improve their performance and ultimately advance their careers.”
Nearly half of the adult population owns smartphones and by 2020, that figure will increase to 80 percent. Although the user demand for mobile delivery of digital content continues to skyrocket, recent Bersin by Deloitte research shows that only 10 percent of organizations currently support mobile technology for their learning programs. According to the study, “given the proliferation of smartphones in use today, this percentage seems underwhelming. Yet in our follow-up interviews with respondents to our user survey, many of the HR leaders would indeed welcome increased mobile use – if the HR solutions they have supported mobile applications.”
Skillsoft’s Learning App mitigates HR leaders’ concerns regarding technology support and enables organizations to provide a consumer-grade experience and deliver the right content to employees on their devices, wherever they are working.
“As a large global organization we strive to make development a part of employees’ daily lives by providing learning content in smaller chunks of information and offering reinforcement at different intervals to transfer and preserve knowledge gain, leading to improved job performance,” said Debbie Collins, director of MyLearning and university information systems at Capgemini. “Using the Skillsoft Learning App we’re able to execute on that vision by delivering a seamless, easily accessible experience across our learning management system and employees’ mobile devices so that learning occurs when and where people need it most.”
Upon launching the app, users are prompted to identify topics of interest and the app actively pushes individualized content recommendations to the user. When new content is available that matches those interests, they are automatically updated in that individual’s home screen. Full-text search across all content allows learners to drill into specific focus areas and facilitates real-time performance support by making it easy for learners to find the specific content they need at that moment. The app functions stand-alone or as a companion to existing learning systems to help customers build a comprehensive learning eco-system capable of delivering the right training at the right time to each individual learner.
Skillsoft will continue to enhance its mobile user experience and functionality, including additional optimizations for tablets, to ensure seamless access to content from the most popular mobile devices and operating systems. Future learning app innovation will focus on hyper-personalizing the user experience, leveraging the adaptive capabilities the company has been developing with IBM Research to harness the power of big data in enterprise learning and development.
Availability: Skillsoft Learning app and content are available today in English, Spanish, French and German through Google Play and the Apple App Store.
To learn more about mobile is shaping organizational development, download Skillsoft's recent research report on The State of Mobile Learning in Asia Pacific.