Expressing Knowledge with Mobile Technology
Ben Bonnet is a web and
mobile developer for eLearning
and has been a promoter of
the virtues and benefits of
mobile learning since 2006.
Ben has presented at several
conferences on mobile
including mLearnCon (2011,
2012, and 2013), George
Mason University’s eLearning
Symposium. Ben also taught
EDIT 575 at George Mason
University from 2010 to 2012.
e think about mobile devices as an extension of our reach
in many ways. We think about how we can use those
devices to get information and to pull data when we need it.
That data could be anything from a sports score or recipe to
business analytics pulled to support a decision maker before a meeting.
Pulling data and consuming information are great and I do it all the time,
but what about our need to express and share our knowledge?
“The real power of mobile learning is in sharing
and expressing knowledge.”
Mobile devices are an
extension of our reach.
Mobile technology allows
us to do more than simply
pull information: It also
helps us express and share
We struggle to share our hard-earned knowledge. At the same time, we
carry around these wonderful little production studios, capable of video
capture, audio recording, and text entry. We use our devices to consume
knowledge, but we can express our knowledge with them, as well. A
colleague of mine wanted to explain a concept to a group of coworkers. I
recorded him with my mobile phone as he diagrammed and talked through
the concept in about a minute. I sent the video to the coworkers, and they
learned the concept quickly. In my mind, the real power of mobile learning
is in sharing and expressing knowledge, and my goal as a mobile learning
developer is to unleash that power.
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