13 Top Learning, Technology & Media Links: Weekly Digest – 25

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The mLearning flavor spills over into this week too as we scour the web for the best in mobile everything. We recently concluded a great show at mLearnCon 2011. You can read our first impressions of what we saw and heard at the exposition in Abhijit Kadle’s blog post. Also, get a sneak peek into the event’s backchannel right here. It’s no secret that effective learning cannot be achieved without a robust strategy. If this remains true for eLearning, why shouldn’t you have a strategy for mLearning too? Further, with the relatively less number of mLearning tools available and the myriad number of different devices and platforms, creating content for the mobile devices is no mean task. How do you then create quick and simple content for the iPhone? Find answers to these questions and more in our Weekly Digest – a collection of top 13 links from the week gone by, each accompanied by a quick brief. Need to quench your thirst for the latest in learning, technology and media links further? You can dig into our previous lists here. 1.#mLearnCon 2011 Backchannel – Collected Resources This post collects the resources shared via the backchannel of the mLearnCon 2011, that was held between June 21 and 23 in San Jose, California. 2. Why You Need a Mobile Learning Strategy Not having a strategy for mobile learning is itself a strategy. And not a very effective one at that. Understanding the decision criteria for mLearning, and having a plan for periodically reviewing those criteria and their performance against those criteria, designers and managers are in a much better position to make good decisions about how they will support learning in their organizations. This is just one of the many reasons why you need a mobile learning strategy. Know more here. 3. How To Make The Right Call With Mobile Learning The popularity of smartphones and tablets in the workplace has increased the interest in mobile learning. But with the mobile landscape constantly evolving, many organizations are asking themselves if now is the right time to take the plunge, or if they should wait for more stability. Know how to make the right call. 4. Quick and Simple mLearning Content for the iPhone Getting started developing eLearning content is relatively easy; however mLearning is a different ball game altogether. The challenge is manifold: finding easy-to-use development tools, developing for multiple devices, and most importantly, determining the right context for the mLearning content. This article provides you with a very basic vehicle for creating simple mLearning content, so that you can get started quickly, see what’s possible, understand the pitfalls, and begin to figure out how you might blend mLearning into your existing training or learning strategy. 5. What Are Mobile Devices Teaching Your Kids? Mobile learning blends traditional pedagogy with technology to reach every child. The question is not if your child should use a mobile device in school, but how to do it safely. Know it here. 6.What Exactly Can You Learn On A Mobile Phone? Understand how a mobile phone can be considered a learning tool, and whether it can actually help bridge the digital divide between low-income, at-risk kids and those with access to computers. 7. 13 Helpful Mobile Web Design Tools & Resources Here are 13 mobile web design resources that’ll make it easy for you to deliver a snappy but aesthetically pleasing mobile web experience. 8. How 3 Mobile Gadgets are Transforming our Lives: New Research So how are the 3 mobile devices changing our lives and disrupting stable industries. Know what the latest research from Nielsen reveals after speaking to 12,000 mobile connected device owners about what we are doing with the 3 mobile gadgets that are changing habits. 9.HTML5 – Opportunities for Mobile Devices HTML5 offers amazing opportunities to us for designing and developing formal and informal learning solutions. So get ready to add mLearning with HTML5 to your learning and development repertoire. 10. 7 iPad Habits of Highly Effective Remote Workers The use of the iPad by mobile workers is on the rise, and that brings with it both boons and challenges for worker productivity. Here’s how you and your remote staff can stay on top of iPad usage, lest iPad usage controls you and your organization instead. 11. Are Tablets Made for the Education Market Doomed Does the demise of both the Kno and the enTourage eDGe, aimed squarely at the educational market, indicate that post-PC future doesn’t look too good for education-only devices? Know more about it here. 12. Infographic: iPad Usage In The UK What’s the media diet of an iPad user? Digital marketing production house Imano surveyed 2,000 UK iPad users in May to find out. 13. Infographic: The Enterprise Mobile Explosion Companies worldwide are incorporating mobile technology and applications into their operations to increase productivity and revenue and reduce paperwork. This explosion in the use of mobile devices in the enterprise will help to fuel demand for mobile apps, as this infographic shows.

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