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Thank you!

… for taking the time to learn more about Androcom.

We would welcome an opportunity to put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.

Here's How To Contact Us:

Attn:

Ken Desson M.A., M.Ed., PMP
President, Androcom CLS
263 Second Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 2H8
Tel:   (613) 238-3639
Cell:  (613) 301-8450
Fax:  (613) 234-4762
Skype:  ken-desson
Email: kdesson@androcom.com

 

 

Mobile Learning

Mobile devices such as laptops, tablets, Smartphones, and e-readers have rapidly taken their place among the indispensable tools of our times.  Their special magic is that, no matter where we happen to be, we can use them to communicate with others and access information at will.

So, what does that mean for learning?  We know that e-learning, which relies on tethered desktop computers, is transforming the way in which workplace learning is delivered.  Is m-learning just an extension of that trend?  A lot of research is underway to help answer that question.  At the moment, the answer seems to be:  Yes and No.

Yes, it broadens opportunities to deliver distance learning by removing physical tethers – making it truly possible to access learning materials from virtually anywhere.  But, at the same time, No – because mobile technology seems best suited to different kinds of learning than desktops.

What’s the sweet spot for work-related m-learning?  It’s NOT the delivery of e-learning courses on a smaller device.  Small screens, different navigation controls (no mouse!), slower download speeds, more frequent interruptions in service, and environmental distractions are some of the issues that make learning on mobile devices challenging.

Mobile devices can be better used to access:

  • short (1-2 minute) just-in-time, task-oriented tutorials
  • on-demand podcasts
  • quick reference resources such as specification sheets, product descriptions, checklists, step-by-step procedures, and documents of all kinds
  • Short Message Service (SMS) updates and reminders
  • immediate help from colleagues when a problem is encountered

M-learning materials on small screens work best with simple menus and clutter-free presentation windows – which requires a different approach to instructional and graphic design.

Recently, it has become much simpler to create m-learning resources that can be used on most mobile devices.  Off-the-shelf authoring software designed for the m-learning environment and new programming standards such as HTML5 vastly simplify this task.

 

 

Androcom Can Help

We’ve given a lot of thought to creating m-learning programs that complement other resources in a corporate learning toolkit. In particular, we can help by:

Identifying how m-learning can contribute to your learning program

Providing instructional design for m-learning tutorials

Preparing quick-reference resource materials

Advising on how to support your m-learning channel over time

Evaluating the success of your m-learning activities