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Realising the potential of mobile learning


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These are the slides from a session delivered at Learning Technologies 2012.

The session discusses the potential of mobile learning, the business benefits and the typical barriers that have prevented its widespread adoption (up to now). The session discusses how the iPad is fuelling the demand for mobile learning and how HTML5 offers the potential to become a "platform leveller" in this area, with the capability to take mobile learning mainstream. The session 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, CM Group Ltd @alexatcmgroup© CM Group Ltd 2012
  2. 2. Agenda• Mobile Training: Why is it Useful?• Mobile Training: Why isn’t it Everywhere?• Tablet (iPad) Trends• iPad Delivery Models• HTML5• Remember IE6?• Platform Ingredients• Summary• References© CM Group Ltd 2012
  3. 3. Mobile Training – Why Is It Useful? Convenience Training to staff and partners Why should eLearning be different from other forms of content Make use of travel time and down time Reference material deliveryJust-in-Time Training To a mobile workforceOn the spot, on the job, where and when e.g. field engineers, mobile salesyou need it force © CM Group Ltd 2012
  4. 4. Mobile Training – Why Isn’t it 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 LMS support• Bandwidth issues / lack of offline capability• Limited form factor and user experience for many scenarios – The tablet is changing all that!© CM Group Ltd 2012
  5. 5. Tablet (iPad) Trends• ~20% of iPads sold for corporate use• Over 90% of Fortune 500 companies are currently deploying or piloting the iPad• 8 Million tablets sold in 2011 in the UK• 1 in 6 UK adults say they will buy a tablet such as the iPad by the end of 2012• Windows 8 Tablets to Beta in March and launch Q4 2012© CM Group Ltd 2012
  6. 6. iPad Delivery Models Model 1: Consuming existing Model 3: Using an App with the learning from an LMS Content Baked-in LMS Model 2: Consuming optimised Model 4: Using an App “Container” eLearning from an LMS to Load Content Browse catalogue LMS LMS Download for offline consumption© CM Group Ltd 2012
  7. 7. 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© CM Group Ltd 2012
  8. 8. Remember.....• You need to support multiple browsers – IE6/7/8 still very common• You need to support multiple device types (iPads leading the charge but others on the way including Windows 8 tablets – end 2012)• HTML5 alone won’t cut it – so you need an adaptable, intelligent solution today© CM Group Ltd 2012
  9. 9. Platform Ingredients Authoring Tools Rapid Authoring Web browser Tool delivery All major browsers IE6 onwards HTML5 Output Learning Mobile Web Platform browser or App delivery Content Distribution Hub iPad, Android and Windows 8 tablets Blogging Tools Tracking Mobile Web browser or App delivery© CM Group Ltd 2012 iPhone, Android, Windows Phones
  10. 10. Summary• Tablets and in particular the iPad are fuelling the demand for mobile / anytime / anyplace learning• Windows 8 tablets (Q4 2012) will accelerate the corporate adoption trend within the Enterprise• 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?© CM Group Ltd 2012
  11. 11. Questions? Realising the Potential of Mobile Learning Alex Mackman Technical Director, CM Group Ltd @alexatcmgroup© CM Group Ltd 2012
  12. 12. References• Blog ( – Flash and HTML5 for eLearning: – Optimising eLearning for the iPad: – eLearning Deployment models for the iPad: – HTML5: Opening up New Possibilities for eLearning: elearning/• iPad Trends: – – sold-this-year.html© CM Group Ltd 2012