We had the opportunity to spend a few minutes talking to some of the speakers at the 2011 Float Mobile Learning Symposium about their thoughts on mobile learning as it relates to design, development, strategy and learning as a whole.
“We know how to bore you in a classroom,” said Dr. Gary Woodill, Ed.D., “and now we know how to bore you online.” But it doesn’t have to be this way, he says. Mobile learning is about enactive learning and engaging the user.
Steven Hoober, an information architect with Alexander Interactive, said the term “mobile learning” tends to confuse people. It’s not just about learning in terms of lesson plans, but it’s about finding information.
Josh Campbell, the owner of Magic+Might, says the biggest challenge of mobile learning is that the market changes so rapidly. However, it’s a challenge he enjoys because of the new ways in which people interact together.
Finally, Jeff Tillett believes that mobile learning in a corporate environment is misunderstood and daunting to organizations who have never used it before. Instead, he said, people should broaden their definition of mobile learning to include such things as podcasts and SMS.
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