Realising the potential of mobile learning


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These slides discuss the potential of mobile learning, the business benefits and the typical barriers that have prevented its widespread adoption (up to now). How is the iPad fuelling the demand for mobile learning? How HTML5 offers the potential to become a "platform leveller" in this area, with the capability to take mobile learning mainstream? The slides concludes by outlining what a solution that can address mobile learning in a coherent way (with content reuse across mobile and desktop browsers and holistic learner tracking) might look like.

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Realising the potential of mobile learning

  1. 1. Realising the Potential of Mobile Learning Alex Mackman Technical Director
  2. 2. Agenda • Mobile Training: Why is it useful? • Mobile Training: Why isn’t everywhere? • iPad Delivery Models • HTML5 • Remember Internet Explorer 6? • Platform Ingredients • Summary
  3. 3. Mobile Training: Why is it useful?
  4. 4. Mobile Training: Why is it useful? • Convenience – Training to staff and partners – Why should eLearning be different from other forms of content – Make us of travel time and down time • Just-in-Time Training – On the spot, on the job, where and when you need it • Reference material delivery – To a mobile workforce e.g. field engineers or a mobile sales force
  5. 5. Mobile Training: Why isn’t it everywhere?
  6. 6. Mobile Training: Why isn’t everywhere? • Cost and complexity – No common technology – Instructional design challenges – Lack of content re-use across mobile and desktops • Diverse range of devices to support • Lack of Learning Management System (LMS) support • Bandwidth issues / lack of offline capability • Limited form factor and user experience for many scenarios – The tablet is changing all that!
  7. 7. iPad Delivery Models
  8. 8. iPad Delivery Modles Model 1: Consuming existing Model 3: Using an App with Learning from an LMS the content baked-in Model 2: Consuming optimised Model 4: Using an App eLearning from an LMS ‘Container’ to load content
  9. 9. HTML5
  10. 10. HTML5 • HTML5 is the latest version of the HTML open web standard – The term is used loosely and often encompasses CSS3 and JavaScript • HTML5 (together with CSS and JavaScript) lifts the restrictions of earlier HTML standards by natively supporting: – Advanced graphics – Video and audio – Typography – Animations and many other interactive effects
  11. 11. Remember Internet Explorer 6?
  12. 12. Remember Internet Explorer 6? • You need to support multiple browsers – Internet Explorer 6/7/8 are still very common • You need to support multiple device types • HTML5 alone won’t cut it - so you need an adaptable and intelligent solution
  13. 13. Platform Ingredients
  14. 14. Platform Ingredients
  15. 15. Summary
  16. 16. Summary • Tablets and in particular the iPad are fuelling the demand for mobile / anytime / anyplace learning • HTML5 is an essential ingredient for any mobile solution • Key questions: – Does your learning strategy embrace mobile devices? – Does your toolset support mobile devices? – Does your LMS support mobile devices? – How reusable is your content across devices? – How does it fall back to support older browsers? – How accessible is your HTML5 output?
  17. 17. Find out more about CM Group: +44 (0) 1454 269222