Creating Successful m-Learning Strategy – Part 3

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This is the 3rd and final post of the series on creating successful m-learning strategy based on the workshop I attended at mLearnCon.  You can read Part 1 and Part 2 here. In this part I am covering the Tool and Techniques discussed in the workshop.

The moment you start thinking about tools the varied platforms and their differences come up as real challenges. You could create simple HTML based courses (nuggets) or even simpler good old SMS based assessments. Flash is not supported on all devices; and to create something with a richer user experience, you need to look at creating apps. The big question is – Are you building web apps or native one? Sushil Kokate has discussed this here on our blog listing the benefits you get from choosing to go with either of them.

The workshop session was focused on tools for creating web apps and compared three web app development frameworks viz. iUI, JQTouch, & iWebkit. Below is quick summary of the three with pros and cons.

iUI

iUI or the iPhone User Interface Framework is a framework consisting of JavaScript library, CSS, and images for developing advanced mobile webapps and comparable/compatible devices.

Who better than Joe Hewitt (iUI developer) to give you an introduction:

mlearning_strategy iUI

JQTouch

It is a jQuery plugin for mobile web development on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and other forward-thinking devices.

 mlearning Strategy JQTouch Pros
 mlearning Strategy JQTouchCons

iWebKit

iWebKit is a file package designed to help you create your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad compatible website or web apps. It is probably the most mature and stable amongst the web app frameworks.

mlearning Strategy iWebkitPros
 mlearning Strategy iWebkitCons

In summary:

iUI is limited to iPhone look and feel.
JQTouch is most appealing but again limited to just the iPhone
iWebKit lacks interactivity but has many samples and can be easily modified to support multiple browsers.

Other Tools & Techniques

You will notice the tools I mention mainly target the iPhone. We don’t however think the iPhone is the only device on which m-learning will be accessed or delivered. We have written several posts related with tools and techniques for m-learning development on this blog which you may find interesting:

Overall the mLearnCon workshop was well structured and had just the right balance of planning, design, & implementation information. I really enjoyed it and would recommend you join in the future.

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