It’s all about content. Creating, editing, publishing, reworking, and distributing of digital content is the core of what makes any content management system work. According to Wikipedia, content management, is the set of processes and technologies that support the collection, managing, and publishing of information in any form or medium.
Enterprises, news publishers, educational institutes are all big users of content management systems. However these systems have been designed and created during a PC prolific era, when accessing the web through mobile devices was still a concept. As a result, most content management systems are either legacy-oriented or based on standardized tools which are not adaptable to today’s mixed access environment of PCs, mobiles, laptops, netbooks and tablets.
Managing multiple content needs
In order to be relevant to current mobile learning requirements, CM systems need to evolve to match the information consumption variations of today. These content variations may include long documents accessed on an ebook reader or short slivers of points accessed on an mobile phone. A content management system to be relevant to today’s needs must be geared to handle this range of content consumption.
Today’s users access the internet to explore websites and research material, obtain access to niche experts, publish articles, read & disburse news, and socialize and share information, all at a very rapid pace. As a result there’s been a spike of both information being produced, as well as an increase in channels to receive information such as emailing, messaging, chats, feeds and blog posts.
Disruptive Content Management systems
Newer technologies now allow users to receive alerts for every new bit of information, merely minutes after it is published. Twitter is an excellent example of a disruptive content management system. The CMS in this case is being designed and created at a nano level, and loyal to the system for which it was developed.
Content Management & Mobl21
Mobl21 is a similar tool that has an in-built, nano-level, content management system. Users of this technology do not need to develop reams and reams of content. Using a simple editing interface, educators, learners or publisher can create chunks of learning material easily. Chunked content facilitates easy readability through the use of bullet lists, and shortened paragraphs with subheads and scannable text, and bold key phrases.
Once created, this learning material is always available and can be easily edited, modified and republished without extensive technology know-how or the need to recreate content for different devices. Content is also mapped to learner requirements and users can choose to download the information they require and nothing more.