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5 Rapid-Fire Tips For Effective Mobile Learning Development

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View this post and slide deck to learn more about how you can develop your future applications in the mobile enterprise. Conferences Mobile Development Mobile Strategy User Experience mLearnCon Online Learning Conference UI user-centered design UX

Think Multiscreen (vs. iPad-only) when developing an mLearning Strategy

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Granted, the iPad accounts for 91% of all tablet web traffic and that statistic alone is compelling enough to make you want to focus your entire learning development efforts on just this tablet, however as you think about your own mLearning strategy, I strongly encourage you to think instead about the multiscreen world we live in and develop for it. Send to Kindle.

JIT Performance Support Mobile App Development

Upside Learning

I mentioned before in one of my posts about the growing use of smart phones application as a form of Just-in-Time performance support; as mentioned before ; I feel eventually technology will enable individuals and not just companies/departments to deliver applications. When developing applications for just-in-time performance support, here are some items I keep on my checklist.

Rapid Prototyping for Mobile Learning Applications – I

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Storyboards were (are) ideal for serving as references for development of multimedia content. However as we started development on mobile learning applications, the game changed drastically. Storyboards were sorely inadequate to describe application features and states. Mobile applications include myriad ways to present features, offer a variety of interaction types and combinations of those, making it very different. What we needed was ’something’ that let us model the features and functions of a mobile application.

A Mobile Learning Decision Path for Instructional Designers tasked with developing #mLearning [Download]

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One such project I was a part of recently, was developing a ‘ Mobile Learning Decision Path, ‘ which was produced by Adayana Government Group in collaboration with the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative and the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO). Application of Decision Paths to Sample Projects … 105. Project Description … 1.

Rapid Prototyping For Mobile Learning Applications – II

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As I mentioned in my last post about Rapid Prototyping mobile apps , I’ll be discussing levels of fidelity and how you could determine which level works for your mobile application design project. When considering prototyping, think of the aspects of the applications that you’d typically want to model. To my mind there are three: Visual – how the application will look –an application’s look and feel is important, and is the one aspect that clients and stakeholders notice. There is no single correct approach to rapid prototyping mobile applications.

Rapid Prototyping For Mobile Learning Applications – III

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In this, my last post in the series (continuing from Part I and Part II ), I explore what questions we’ve been asking when considering rapid prototyping tools (not just purely for mobile applications) and what we’ve learnt from it. You’ll certainly want to ask some questions before investing a rapid prototyping tool for mobile applications. While this may seem really obvious, speak to developers before prototyping; better still, involve them, their developer’s view will offer insight that might just lead to a more realistic prototype. Is the tool easy-to-use?

Apple announcement is excellent news for cross-platform app developers!


The big news of the moment amongst App developers, is the surprise announcement by Apple that they are relaxing some key restrictions on how Apps can be made. In particular they say: …we are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not download any code. They all use different languages. But – today this has changed.

5 Rapid-Fire Tips For Effective Mobile Learning Development

Float Mobile Learning

View this post and slide deck to learn more about how you can develop your future applications in the mobile enterprise. Conferences Mobile Development Mobile Strategy User Experience mLearnCon Online Learning Conference UI user-centered design ux

The brand new Captivate 9 puts Adobe years ahead of the competition

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Adobe Captivate takes a page from the Adobe Creative Teams. A key competitive advantage the Captivate team has always had, is access to a wealth of innovations developed by the rest of the company, especially those by the Adobe Creative teams. I’m happy to see that they are taking full advantage of that in this new release. What a difference three short years make in technology.

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Native Apps vs. Mobile Web: Pros and Cons [infographic]

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One of the questions I hear often with regards to mobile learning (mLearning) is whether companies should consider building mobile apps or developing mLearning that can be consumed by learners via browsers on mobile devices. On the one hand, mobile apps provide more possibilities because developers can make use of features like location services, camera, gyroscope, accelerometer, etc.,

15 Authoring Tools For mEnabling Your eLearning For iPads

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multimedia authoring tool that goes beyond Flash and builds applications based on HTML5, Javascript, jQuery and CSS3 and works well on iOS and Android devices, and the latest HTML5-compatible browsers. Looking to develop interactive training and support videos, flawless screen capturing for tutorials, etc.? This is a free eBook authoring application by Apple for iPad. Claro.

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Five Practical Mobile Learning Tips

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Make sure to KISS, demand low information density – whether it’s an application, or a content look-up, the need to keep is simple straightforward is very important given the context of use. One of the first things to come up when discussing content/applications for devices is the fragmented nature of the mobile device platform. Native application. Vs web application.

8 Things we MUST do in 2013 to seize the potential of mLearning

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We need to realize that we are no longer developing learning for the stationary learner, sitting in a stationary chair, in front of a stationary PC. Unlike The bottom line is that it’s tough (if not impossible) to develop for mobile users if you are not an active mobile user yourself. 2012 has been an amazing year for mobile! Embrace Change and Adopt a new Mindset. Samsung S3).

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Latest issue of the International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies available

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Developing Mobile Collaborative Learning Applications for Mobile Users. The International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM) (Volume 5, Issue 4, 2011) has just published its latest issue. Most of the articles are on mobile learning. Here is the Table of Contents: Mobile Tourist Guide – An Intelligent Wireless System to Improve Tourism, using Semantic Web. Kwang B Lee).

Free M-Learning Applications


It’s fantastic for students to have access to powerful software tools that help them develop their skills; and it’s even better if the software is free. prolific developer of mobile applications, Tea Vui Huang, provides the tools he develops for free via his website; and many of his applications are either very useful for education, or are made-for-education.

7 reasons why the new Articulate Storyline is a Game-Changer for eLearning

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Undertaking a monumental job such as writing an application like Storyline from the ground up is no easy feat. If there’s one thing Articulate knows is helping customers design eLearning and it shows in the way they developed Storyline. Storyline is a standalone application that isn’t built on top of PowerPoint, however if you know how to use PowerPoint you are going to feel comfortable using Storyline. First, let me start by congratulating everyone who works for Articulate for the launch of Storyline. But of course, there’s a lot more. 2. Virtually No Learning Curve.

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Going Mobile: Transforming Metrix Group

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We have been working on individual professional development projects that have transformed our knowledge base in order to prepare for the increasing demand that we have from our clients for mobile learning projects. Developing Collective Intelligence with Mobile Technologies. Mobile Application Management/Mobile Device Management. Several members of the Metrix Group team will be presenting at the eLated event on November 22nd. The topic we will be speaking about include: Performance Model for Digital Learning Consultant. Primer on Digital Learning. The Future of Learning.

Tappestry: Kicking the Informal Learning (Tin) Can

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Full disclosure: My employer, Metrix Group, is currently partnering with Float Mobile on an app development project). This specification was developed to enable SCORM to track many of the activities that were meaningful in the real world but inaccessible to tracking in Learning Management Systems. A review by Jessica Knox. As learning professionals we see it everywhere.

6 Trends in Rapid eLearning Tools to watch in 2012

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I absolutely love software, apps, applications, extensions, plug-ins, add-ons, whatever you want to call it. personally happen to think that Adobe’s recent news that they would be stopping further development of Flash on mobile is just the beginning of the end for Flash on Desktop, too. Where do you see Rapid eLearning Vendor focus their development efforts in 2012? Fun times.

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Mobile Learning: A Quick SWOT Analysis

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This has been possible due to a variety of factors – better, faster, cheaper smartphones, the advent of tablet computers, and an increasing awareness of the benefits and applicability of mobile learning. In last many months we have written a number of blog posts around mobile learning ranging from development tips, general examples, tips and tricks, etc. Weaknesses. Opportunities.

Why the iPad and iPhone not supporting Adobe Flash is a Great thing for mLearning

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This is why I strongly believe the lack of Flash on iOS devices is a blessing in disguise, because it forces us to find new ways of developing learning experiences for mobile users, as well as to embrace new technologies, such as HTML5 and new principles, such as Responsive Web Design and thinking mobile-first. We need to get out of our comfort zone and explore mobile applications and learn about what these apps do well and apply these principles to our mLearning design. Let me explain. But what about the experience for mobile users? Absolutely we can. So there you have it.

The Future Of Mobile Learning

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Being able to leverage this user generated content for a variety of learning application is something learning designers will need to master soon. As artificial intelligence develops further, we will probably be seeing more of these in daily life. You can find our presentation here. Ubiquitous and pervasive computing. Social (human) and Machine networks.

The New Articulate Storyline iPad App and mLearning [VIDEOS]

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Easy-to-use triggers, powerful interactive objects as well as slide layers allowed me to create an interactive infographic with a software application that as Tom Kuhlmann describes it, democratizes eLearning. And it runs parallel to how digital media’s empowered people all over the world to create and deliver content using a host of online tools and social media applications.

6 Steps To A Better Mobile Learning Strategy

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Chose Delivery/Development Models. Cross platform development tools may try and resolve this issue but not quite. As argued earlier if that really suits your purpose, go with HTML5, else it is best to develop your elearning in Flash and keep mobile web development separate. Establish the Need. This is fairly obvious, but you’d be surprised how often it is ignored.

Mobile Learning Conferences

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March 10-12, 2011 Mobile Learning 2011, sponsored by International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS), Avila, Spain. June 22-24, 2011 Mobilware2011 : International Conference on MOBILe Wireless MiddleWARE, Operating Systems and Applications, 4 th , London, the United Kingdom. July 20-22, 2011 International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) International Conference on Wireless Applications and Computing , Rome, Italy. For a copy see: [link]. link]. February 14-17, 2011 Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain.

Learning On Tablets At Emirates Airlines

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Emirates is using tablets coupled with custom developed applications as performance support tools for crew-members. It can be quite hard to find examples of tablets being leveraged for performance and learning in the public domain. Quite interesting to see an actual EPSS that works on a tablet. The rollout involves about 1000 devices.

Mobile Learning Considerations – Native Apps or Web Apps

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Platform independent development, so can reach a wider range of audience. Faster development and lower maintenance. High end (rich) applications can be developed if HTML5/CSS3 technology is used for development, which also enable use of audio, video and animation within the application. Development time would be more so would be the maintenance overheads.

Mobile Learning – The Third Dimension

Upside Learning

We have identified three key aspects of mobile learning that we feel demonstrate how you can use mobile learning to provide an efficient performance-support capability and an integral part of your training, learning and development strategy. Another instance and application of mobile learning and performance support! – Jack Welch. Knowledge Retention. Rings a bell? But it will!

mLearning Demand Is Growing

Upside Learning

This is compounded by the fact that a large number of organizations and institutions are opting for new modes of learning as part of training and development. At Upside Learning, we constantly strive to develop new solutions in tune with the technology and market demand, which helps us deliver the best and the latest to our clients. You can read more about it here.

What I Learnt About Mobile Learning Design

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Mobile hardware has its own limitations and hence we need to adhere to some critical design conventions in order to make our mobile applications a success. Usage Pattern: When people use an application on their Smartphone, it’s most likely that they have a particular task in mind. Chances are that they’re also on the move while accessing the application on their phone.

Application Section - Confessions of a Committed Technofile

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Home About Discovery Integration Application Learning Travel Contact Mobile Learning Isn’t Just Making Materials Mobile Accessible Today I went to the doctors. She gave me a prescription and a coupon for it; however, the coupon had to be activated on the web. The website required that I click through a few pages, fill out a form, etc. link] / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Here’s how Adobe Captivate 6 could have been a Game-Changer for mLearning

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Having said that, when I was watching the unveiling of Adobe’s CS6 and the Creative Cloud I was envisioning how Captivate could not only embrace but also extend the company’s mobile vision, especially as it pertained to developing Learning experiences for multiple screens. That’s it. True mLearning a la Dreamweaver CS6. It is simply awesome. hope you are still with me.

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New mLearning Authoring Tools – Wave #2

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The eLearning Guild’s LS2011 event was well attended and features 50+ vendors and more than 1300 participants from the training and development industry. Published modules are packaged as SCORM objects and deployed with nominal hiccups for local/disconnected playback via an installed CellCast application on our test iPhones, iPads and Android devices. Storyline from Articulate.

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Mobile Learning Revolution – Round-Up Of Our Best mLearning Posts

Upside Learning

This is compounded by the fact that a large number of organizations and institutions are opting for new modes of learning as part of their training and development. Mobile hardware has its own limitations and hence we need to adhere to some critical design conventions in order to make our mobile applications a success. Developing Mobile Learning: Which Device Are You Targeting?

Global Tablet Shipments on Track to Surpass Total PC Shipments by 2015 [#mLearning]

mLearning Revolution

This naturally bodes well for all who follow the mobile learning revolution, but it also puts enormous pressure on learning designers to develop learning that can be consumed beyond just the desktop computer. Today we don’t get to decide which device learners use to access our Learning – slide used in my mobile learning workshop. Send to Kindle.

10 mLearning Lessons I Learned from reading Mobile First by Luke Wroblewski [Book Review]

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There’s so much to like about this book on the mobile-first movement, but here are 10 lessons I personally found applicable to all of us in mLearning: Lesson 1: The Future is Mobile and Mobile Learning  — Hopefully you aren’t too surprised by this truth but it’s worth mentioning it. I love Mobile and everything that it represents. enjoy the simplicity of mobile.

Mobile Learning Has A Promising Future In India

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Impact On Elearning Developers. As Elearning developers, we need to ensure that our development team members (Instructional Designers, Graphic Designers and Programmers) are more familiar with HTML5 and some critical design conventions in order to make our mobile applications a success. It is a well-known fact that Mobile learning hasn’t yet picked up steam within India.

3 Essential Themes for Mobile Learning Systems

Upside Learning

As we prepare to iterate development of Upside2Go, we will need to start figuring out what sort of features our users (learners, managers, administrators) would really like from a mobile LMS. Shared data, available as streams formatted in RDF would allow individual users to create their own learning applications; eventually there will be a widget-ization of learning. technologies.

So…How Do You Build eLearning For iPads?

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good starting point is our blog post – 5 Rapid Authoring Tools to Publish Courses For Your iPads – where we talk about some of the authoring tools that can be used to develop HTML5 courses for iPads. Naturally, Apple have their own – the iBook Author, an eBook authoring application. and later. Surprised? So what’s the fuss about HTML5? learning.