Technology a Concern For Mobile Learning

There are difficulties involved in initiating a mobile learning program, according to Fabrizio Cardinali of eXact Learning Solutions.

“Mobile learning is something you can use informally, on the move and often under time pressure, to continually refresh your knowledge, when and where it’s needed,” he says. “It should be as simple as possible on the front end, providing easy means to access and locate information quickly."

“But on the back end, it requires some complex technology — to profile your skills and competencies, your location and your device — to give you just the right piece of information, when you need it and where you need it. You might describe it as performance support on demand, anytime, anywhere."

“Learning content that has been developed for delivery via a desktop or laptop computer is unlikely to be able to be delivered via a mobile device without some modification — if only because of screen size. This means that you have to develop a process whereby learning materials can be ‘chunked’ — made into smaller ‘bites’ of learning which can be more easily delivered via a mobile device at the point of need."

“In turn, this means that content for mobile learning programs needs to focus more on essential information. This turns the learning program into more of an electronic performance support system — or even a learning app.”

There are difficulties involved in initiating a mobile learning program, according to Fabrizio Cardinali of eXact Learning Solutions.

“Mobile learning is something you can use informally, on the move and often under time pressure, to continually refresh your knowledge, when and where it’s needed,” he says. “It should be as simple as possible on the front end, providing easy means to access and locate information quickly."

“But on the back end, it requires some complex technology — to profile your skills and competencies, your location and your device — to give you just the right piece of information, when you need it and where you need it. You might describe it as performance support on demand, anytime, anywhere."

“Learning content that has been developed for delivery via a desktop or laptop computer is unlikely to be able to be delivered via a mobile device without some modification — if only because of screen size. This means that you have to develop a process whereby learning materials can be ‘chunked’ — made into smaller ‘bites’ of learning which can be more easily delivered via a mobile device at the point of need."

“In turn, this means that content for mobile learning programs needs to focus more on essential information. This turns the learning program into more of an electronic performance support system — or even a learning app.”

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