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eLearning and Mobile

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Presentation for the ASTD Nebraska Chapter on building eLearning for mobile devices.

Presentation for the ASTD Nebraska Chapter on building eLearning for mobile devices.

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  • 1. Mobile + eLearning Dustin Tauer :: Easel Solutions
  • 2. Hi, I’m Dustin
    • I Teach
    • Flash
    • Flex
    • jQuery
    • Captivate
    • Presenter
    • Adobe Connect
    • I Develop
    • Web
    • Desktop
    • Mobile
    • eLearning
    @dtauer
  • 3. Easel Solutions
    • Adobe Authorized Training
      • Industry Experts | Expert Instructors
    • Solutions Provider
      • Don’t have time to learn? We’ll do it for you
    • Custom Training
      • We’ll figure it out, then teach you how
    @easelsolutions
  • 4.
    • mLearning eLearning gone mobile
  • 5.
    • The Problem Users want eLearning on a mobile device
  • 6.
    • The Real Problem
    • Users want eLearning on a mobile device that does not support Flash
  • 7.
    • The Solution(s)
    • Publish content targeting specific devices
    • - or -
    • Publish content that will work everywhere
  • 8.
    • Let’s talk about Flash
  • 9.
    • 11/9/2011: Adobe says,
    • “ We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile devices”
  • 10.
    • What it means
    • After Flash Player 11, Adobe will no longer develop new versions of the Flash Player for mobile device web browsers .
  • 11.
    • What the media heard
    • Adobe is giving up on mobile devices and the Flash Player is dead. Anyone still using Flash is stupid .
  • 12.
    • The Truth?
    • Nothing is going to change | Here’s why
  • 13.
    • I’ve been developing Flash applications for 10+ years. I consider myself and expert.
    • I’ve never once made and “mobile Flash website”
    • I don’t know anyone who has
    • Adobe is no longer developing a Flash plugin for a medium nobody is using
  • 14.
    • Flash and eLearning
    • The eLearning field is heavily reliant on Flash. Do we have to learn new tools? Abandon our existing courses? Where do I start?
    No No Right Here
  • 15.
    • Disclaimer
    • I’m talking about techniques that work today
  • 16.
    • Disclaimer
    • Tools will evolve . Better techniques will emerge.
  • 17.
    • Stay Current
    • @dtauer @easelsolutions http://blog.easelsolutions.com
  • 18.
    • Two Approaches for Mobile
    • Web Course on your website or in an Learning Management System
    • - or -
    • Mobile App that will be installed on the devices of your users or added to an app store
  • 19. Web-based Course
    • Pros
    • One course for everyone
      • http://site.com/course1
    • It’s the exact same thing you’ve been doing
    • LMS integration is easy
    • Need to update? Just replace existing course on server
    • Cons
    • One course for everyone
      • Screen resolution
    • Users MUST have an internet connection
      • Can you hear me now?
    • Many LMS interfaces are Flash-based
  • 20. Web-based Course
    • Best Use Cases
    • You’re creating non-Flash content that needs to communicate with an LMS
    • You want to create an online repository of instructional material
    • Video
  • 21. Mobile App
    • Pros
    • Offline
      • No Internet needed
    • Better performance
    • Sell course in an app store
    • Tailor content to fit the device
    • Cons
    • Need to publish for each device
    • Distribution can be tricky
    • LMS integration can be tricky
    • More steps in the process
      • $$$
  • 22. Mobile App
    • Best Use Cases
    • Users need a reference guide when on the go (offline)
    • Content that doesn’t change or need frequent updating
    • Performance
  • 23.
    • Choose the right tool
    • Even if you aren’t ready for mobile yet, be thinking about it. Choose a tool that’s thinking about it too.
  • 24.
    • The Process
    • I’m using Captivate
  • 25.
    • The Process
    • I’ll publish a Flash file
  • 26.
    • The Process
    • I’ll convert the Flash file to HTML/CSS/JavaScript
    • http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/captivate_html5/
  • 27.
    • You now have an iPad-compatible course for your LMS or website
  • 28.
    • What about a mobile app?
    • Create a native application by packaging your course with PhoneGap
    • http://www.phonegap.com
  • 29.
    • Screen Size
    • It might be easiest to make it perfect on one device and just OK on the rest
  • 30.
    • { iPad: 1024 x 768 }
  • 31. iPad { 1024 x 768 }
  • 32. iPhone 4 { 960 x 640 }
  • 33. EVO 3D { 960 x 540 }
  • 34. XOOM { 1280 x 800 }
  • 35.
    • { Demo }
  • 36.
    • { Thank you }