Posts Tagged ‘mobile’
I tweeted this SlideShare last week.
It is a resource that lives up to its name: 21 inspiring quotes and thoughts on mobile learning. Quite a few people retweeted and favourited it.
I enjoyed slide 12.
What Geoff Stead called “stolen moments” I have labelled “interstitial time”  . Both are moments of relatively unproductive time (or time in between important events) used to do productive or important things.
If there is anything that makes mobile learning stand out from e-learning or other formalized online learning, it would be that mobile learning breaches the informal learning time and space.
I think this is important because research indicates that we learn from informal contexts 80% of the time. We put so much time, effort, and money into the formal 20%. Why are we not focusing on the 80%?
Today I share a longer than usual interview with Kevin of CoursePad.
Kevin’s other mobile solutions have been used at conferences and by corporations and tuition centres. He would break into schools if they were less risk averse (about the 4min 30sec mark).
If you missed the other interviews of folks I call edupreneurs, here are the links:
WHAT they have to say about their products or services is not nearly as important as WHY they do what they do. Three out of four of the folks I interviewed cited family.
Later this week I hope to share my own short story of what drives me.
Ever since I started facilitated MLS118/125 (Managing ICT-Mediated Change), I have been collecting data from my participants to get insights on how best to design lessons around them.
One thing I collect from participants is their preferred mobile operating system.
Participants in my elective are typically more tech-savvy as they are more likely to be heads of ICT in their schools.
In Jan 2011, I was merely interested in how many of them had smartphones. Thereafter, I wanted to know what proportion were on what operating system.
The change is obvious and I make instructional decisions based on the data. For example, I used to be able to rely mostly on iOS-only apps for the mobile learning components of my course. Now I have to make sure there are options on both major platforms.
I can also make inferences based on their choice of platform. For example, recent market buzz or device cost might be foremost factors and this in turn could reflect mindset of use.
All these add up to the principle of making data-informed decisions instead of ones that merely feel good or ones based on bias.
Recently I read a CNET article, The changing face of mobile photography. As I read the article, I also saw lessons on the design of mobile learning.
The article described how taking photos with a smartphone has evolved from quirky habit to mainstream behavior. Such social and professional acceptance has been partly due to better technology and evolving mindsets.
In the early days of the smartphone, few people had them and the built-in cameras were terrible. Fast forward to today and more people have smartphones whose cameras rival point-and-shoots and even prosumers. Pro photographers can rely on smartphones as second cameras and lay folk can use them as main cameras.
But there are deeper reasons why people prefer smartphones. Che McPherson, design content lead at iStockphoto, says:
You’re getting real, authentic moments using a smartphone, because they are so unobtrusive and accessible.
I wonder if we can say the same about mobile learning. Unobtrusive and accessible. Learning that seems natural and is easy to get to when you need it.
In the competitive field of stock photography, plenty of international brands are seeking images that look and feel authentic. “Nowadays, people are engaging with emotion — a raw, authentic moment,” McPherson said. Apple is just one example of a company that has made the explicit connection between memories, emotion and mobile photography
Is our mobile learning making connections between what we remember, what we experience, and what we feel? If not, we can create mobile apps or courses but learners will not relate to them.
The expectations of what is acceptable have also changed. Purists believe that photos should not be manipulated. Instagram changed that with filters.
The popularity of Instagram filters or presets like VSCo make us react to photos in different ways, whether that’s evoking a sense of nostalgia or intensifying emotion and a sense of urgency through black-and-white processing.
McPherson is seeing a trend of stock photographers submitting filtered images that have been processed in such a way as to deliberately elicit an emotional reaction in the viewer.
Again, are we leveraging enough on emotions like awe, happiness, and excitement in mobile course design? Or are we still stuck with fear, anxiety, or exasperation with the tests we put at the end of courses?
We chuckle when we see someone using a slate device to take photographs. But the article points out how photos are easier to view and manipulate on such devices.
As we design for mobile learning, do we embrace a diversity of views and methods? Or do we pick topics and strategies that require fixed outcomes or answers?
Here are some snippets from an already short video.
- Almost 15% of all Web traffic happens beyond the desktop or laptop.
- It is important to respond by being multiplatform, holistic, end-to-end, real-time, predictive, and global.
These are things not just for marketers to do. Progressive educators should take action too!
I wish I had found this video by Ericsson earlier. I would have incorporated it in our MobiLearnAsia presentation yesterday.
So much happens in a mobile minute.
More notably so much happens in realms outside schooling and training.
What are we waiting for? We need to do so much more least because we need to appear as a significant blip in videos like this.
We need to do so much more in mobile learning mostly because:
- it is a disruptive element (it will challenge mindsets and practice)
- more learners have mobile phones than they have computers (it increases our reach and their access)
- it provides opportunities for learning in context, not just in classrooms
There are many other reasons for mobile learning. They are but a critical search away from your mobile device!