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Creating a Mobile Learning Environment - Using Free Services

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This is a presentation that I delivered at the 2011 Mobile Learning Developers Conference.
It discusses How to Build an Interactive, Collaborative, Mobile Learning Experience using Free Tools and Services.

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Creating a Mobile Learning Environment - Using Free Services

  1. 1. Build an Interactive, Collaborative, Mobile Learning Experience using Free Tools and Services. <br />mLearningDevCon 2011<br />
  2. 2. Presenter<br />Christopher Masiello<br />Professional Experience<br />Mobile Technology Experience<br />Website (http://www.VitaminCM.com)<br />Book (WordPress: From Beginner to Expert)<br />
  3. 3. Questions<br />Agenda<br />Topic Overview<br />Challenges of Mobile Learning Environments<br />Approach & Tools<br />Setting up a Mobile Delivery Platform<br />Building Pre-Session Module<br />Building Live Interactive Session Module<br />Building Post-Session Resource Module<br />Moving Beyond Free<br />
  4. 4. Goal – What we will do TODAY<br />Create a Mobile Learning Experience that is:<br />Interactive<br />Collaborative<br />Scalable<br />Using:<br />Free Tools and Services<br />That you can learn:<br />Through Hands-On activities<br />In 3 hours<br />
  5. 5. What I Do Now<br />Work at Prudential (Newark, NJ)<br />Financial Systems (Enterprise-wide)<br />Train world-wide users<br />4 Continents<br />5 Languages (EN, SP, JP, KR, CH)<br />Numerous Time Zones<br />
  6. 6. That was Then…<br />Mostly in New Jersey<br />All Instructor Lead Training<br />English Only<br />
  7. 7. …This is Now<br />16 Countries<br />10 Time Zones<br />5 Languages<br />It’s always work time for someone.<br />
  8. 8. Tools We Use<br />Enterprise-wide LMS <br />WBT courses in 5 languages<br />Web conferencing <br />Conference Calls<br />Software simulation tools<br />Recorded Screencasts<br />Document Repository<br />Computer Lab <br />8<br />
  9. 9. Pros & Cons<br />9<br />
  10. 10. Challenges to Mobile Learning<br />Numerous Mobile Platforms<br />Laptops<br />Tablets<br />Smartphones<br />Wide Variations in<br />Shape/Size<br />Capabilities {Speed, Power, App Support}<br />High Costs for <br />Enterprise systems {LMS, video servers, web conferencing}<br />Difficult / Expensive to include rich content<br />Video, Audio, Teleconference, Document Management & Delivery, Hosting Costs, Development<br />
  11. 11. Challenges with Video<br />Flash vs. HTML 5<br />Bandwidth<br />11<br />
  12. 12. How to Tackle theseChallenges<br />Build an Interactive, Collaborative, Mobile Learning Experience using Free Tools and Services. <br />
  13. 13. Approach<br />Use a collection of free tools to develop content<br />Find a free, flexible tool that allows multiple technologies to be integrated<br />Quickly<br />Easily<br />Platform agnostic<br />Assemble a learning environment using new and existing content and services<br />Build with little-to-no technical expertise<br />
  14. 14. Ways We Learn<br />Here are some of the most common methods to cover these principles:<br />Lectures<br />Slides<br />Chalkboard<br />Discussion / Q&A<br />Exercises<br />Guided<br />Self-paced<br />Reading<br />Before - Preread<br />During - Handouts<br />After - Takeaways<br />Learner Demonstrations<br />Collaboration<br />Feedback<br />Two-way<br />Seeing<br />Video<br />Hearing<br />Audio<br />
  15. 15. Tools<br />Container<br />WordPress CMS (Free, open source, highly extensible)<br />Content<br />Slides {PowerPoint, Google Docs, Slideshare, Prezi}<br />Lecture {Ustream}<br />Demonstration {Vyew}<br />Resources<br />Video {Youtube, Vimeo, 5min, Vid.ly}<br />Communication<br />IM, Skype, Twitter Stream, Surveys, Polls}<br />Practice {Simulations, Quizzes, Observation}<br />Files {Dropbox}<br />Collaboration {Google Docs, Zoho}<br />Evernote<br />
  16. 16. Building the Platform<br />Using an Open-Source CMS<br />Build an Interactive, Collaborative, Mobile Learning Experience using Free Tools and Services. <br />
  17. 17. Building the Platform<br />Tool to group, organize, and deliver information<br />LMS & CMS<br />WordPress<br />Why? Flexible, Extensible, CHEAP<br />Other Options<br />Let’s get started!<br />17<br />
  18. 18. Building the Pre-Class Module<br />Self-paced, Asymmetrical Learning<br />Build an Interactive, Collaborative, Mobile Learning Experience using Free Tools and Services. <br />
  19. 19. Pre-Class Module<br />Information learners will need to know in class<br />What are some typical ways of delivering canned information?<br />Work Time<br />19<br />
  20. 20. Building the InteractiveSession Module<br />Demonstration, Hands-on Activity, and<br />Collaboration<br />Build an Interactive, Collaborative, Mobile Learning Experience using Free Tools and Services. <br />
  21. 21. Live Interactive Session<br />Group of learners gather to work with an instructor<br />What are some typical things that happen in a physical classroom?<br />21<br />
  22. 22. They’re classics for a reason<br />Lectures<br />Presentations<br />Demonstrations<br />Exercises<br />Coaching<br />Surveys and Polls<br />Q&A<br />22<br />
  23. 23. How do you replicate these things?<br />Virtual Classrooms<br />Web Meetings<br />Simulations<br />Collaboration Tools<br />Video Conferencing<br />23<br />
  24. 24. Building the Post SessionResources<br />Evaluations and Information <br />Repositories<br />Build an Interactive, Collaborative, Mobile Learning Experience using Free Tools and Services. <br />
  25. 25. What happens after a class?<br />Collect feedback from participants<br />Provide job aids and reference materials<br />Provide support/contact<br />25<br />
  26. 26. Taking it to the Next Level<br />When you’re ready to spend some <br />money<br />Build an Interactive, Collaborative, Mobile Learning Experience using Free Tools and Services. <br />
  27. 27. So you actually got a budget…<br />Where are the best places to start spending money?<br />Web Meeting<br />LMS<br />Web Hosting<br />Content Creation Software<br />Hardware<br />27<br />
  28. 28. Contact Information<br />Christopher Masiello<br />Christopher.Masiello@gmail.com<br />(973) 233-4647<br />www.VitaminCM.com<br />Twitter @VitaminCM<br />28<br />
  29. 29. Build an Interactive, Collaborative, Mobile Learning Experience using Free Tools and Services. <br />mLearningDevCon 2011<br />

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