In the 2012 movie, ‘Ice Age 4 – Continental Drift,’ Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon their greatest adventure after cataclysm sets an entire continent adrift. Manny and the gang are challenged like never before to become heroes and do the impossible, as they encounter exotic sea creatures, explore a brave new world, and battle ruthless pirates.
To many of us, the continental drift that they experienced is very much like the big drift we are in the process of – the drift from online learning to mobile learning platform. To many of us, this move is huge, ambiguous and frightening. Manny and the gang had no help when they made the move. Luckily for us, we know for a fact that the move to mobile is not as complicated and tedious as the continental drift. Listed below is an ‘iceberg of information’ that will help you to make a smooth transition to mobile learning.
Who can benefit from mobile learning? Everyone!
- Busy Professionals
- Employees who are on the move
- Those who need access to immediate information
- Those in areas where slow/no internet connectivity and low bandwidth cause inconvenience
- Learners who require videos on how things work when they are on the move
- Employees who require access to online product knowledge database
Mobile learning is not about migrating a gigantic eLearning course
or textbook into a mobile device. It’s all about providing required information – when it is needed and where it is needed, to the learner who needs it.
The end result of mLearning is not just ‘learning’ per se; it’s all about identifying relevant, bite-sized bits of information and doing away with all the other stuff. It’s all about providing only what is necessary and important and nothing more. Only the essence of an eLearning course makes the ‘big move’ to mLearning – without missing on any of the vital information. Having said that, mLearning can be used for:
- Diagnostic quizzes and questionnaires
- Short case studies presented in a variety of media
- Competitive online activities such as games – that will enhance a particular skill/skills
- Online assessments
- Reminders and other reinforcing messages delivered as SMSs
- Lectures, interviews and conversations delivered as pre-recorded phone messages or as MP3 files (typically distributed as ‘podcasts’)
- Interactive video-based simulations
- Full-scale web-based training modules for tablets
All mobile devices are different, but it is possible to deliver custom mlearning solutions to every device that there is out there in the market. Usually, the BYOD/BYOT policy states the kind of devices that can be brought along to the workplace – which means that you will have fixed types of devices that you will have to align your mobile learning course with.
The new Experience API makes things easier for those who make the move to mobile learning.
With the Experience API, the mLearner can:
- Take eLearning outside of the web browser
- Use eLearning in native mobile applications
- Have more control over learning content
- Have Solid security
- Start e-learning on a mobile device, finish it on a computer
- Track games and simulations
- Track real-world performance
Technological challenges are imminent, as you will find out when you make the move to mobile learning.
- Multiple operating systems
- Multiple capabilities
- Devices support different types of media
- Multiple screen sizes
These are some of the major challenges that you will face; and for all these challenges, HTML5 is the warrior that will save the day. HTML5 compliant elearning has been around for quite a few years now; but where Flash proves to be incompetent in these crucial areas, HTML5 shines through and makes up for all those inadequacies.
The exotic sea creatures that Manny and the gang encountered may seem like child’s play when compared to the exotic technological challenges we are faced with in this gigantic shift to mobile learning. But it’s not rocket science and – in fact, the move from eLearning to mLearning is rather simple – and when done, we will be ready to explore the informative new world of mobile learning through technology.
In the 2012 movie, 'Ice Age 4 – Continental Drift,' Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon their greatest adventure after cat...