SumTotal Mobile™ Delivers Downloadable, Un-tethered Learning Content to Learners Around the World
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SumTotal® Systems, Inc., the global leader in complete learning and talent management solutions, today announced the latest release of SumTotal Mobile, a truly mobile solution for organizational learning that serves global enterprises, small- to-medium sized businesses, and government agencies around the globe. SumTotal marks a new milestone in its strategic innovation path by honing in on the mobile user experience, for both content developers and mobile learners, and by providing downloadable content that enables learners to complete required training un-tethered and truly mobile.
Tony Bates, a recognized expert and consultant on e-learning and distance education, predicted earlier this year, “…the future of online learning is clearly in mobile technologies. Laptops and desktop PCs will remain necessary for specialized learning applications for the next few years, but in 2011 all organizations should be thinking of course design and teaching in terms of its transportability to mobile formats.” In addition to Bates’ prediction, a report from the International Telecommunications Union says that more than half a billion people now have internet data access on their mobile devices.
“SumTotal Mobile delivers rich content in many forms without sacrificing delivery speed, consistency, reliability and flexibility,” says Bill Docherty, Senior Director of Product Management at SumTotal Systems. “The business potential of this learning solution will undoubtedly have a significant impact for customers – particularly businesses with offsite employees who, in the past, have not had access to more traditional organizational learning platforms.”
According to a recent SumTotal survey, nearly 80 percent of customers are looking to integrate mobile learning within the next one to two years. SumTotal Mobile puts the company at the leading edge of the mobile learning revolution, allowing organizations to develop and deliver content and courseware to their employees using the same SCORM-compliant development tools they currently use.
With support for Apple devices (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad), Google’s Android, and Blackberry devices, SumTotal Mobile provides a design and user experience specific to the unique interface of each mobile device. In addition, enabling learners to download content to their mobile device provides an offline learning option that makes connectivity issues obsolete and enhances the quality of multimedia content.
Additional capabilities of SumTotal Mobile include:
- Fully rich-media capable
- Downloading content means no lag-time forstreaming audio and video
- Easy-to-use mobile course catalog
- Reliable LMS tracking & reporting
- Mobile content authoring with off-the-shelf,SCORM-compliant tools
- Support for all mainstream devices and operatingsystems
“Creating new and powerful pathways to learning is unquestionably important to our customers,” said John Borgerding, CEO of SumTotal Systems. “This latest advancement from SumTotal represents our continued dedication and responsiveness to customer needs.”