mLearning: Making Learning Mobile

I am looking forward to speaking at this Online Forum on December 6th & 7th hosted by the eLearning Guild. It is a topic that I really enjoy talking about and that is technology based learning. In this case its mobile technology. Mobile technology offers new ways to reach our learners. I have been involved in many conversations with thought leaders on subject of how mobile is transforming how we reach the learner. Mobile opens up possibilities that we have never had before. It is up to us to decide how we are going to embrace these opportunities and leverage them to create better learning.

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Are you ready for the next iteration of SCORM? You better be!

With tool makers like Lectora and Articulate on-board with #tincanapi it is time to start paying attention. Everyday I hear of another company that is jumping in. Is your organization ready? It’s a game changer. Companies need to start looking at building a learning technology road-map so they don’t get left in the dust. We now have new ways of understanding how and what people are learning. You can look at real data for learning outside an LMS. But don’t take my word for it – join the conversation.

A good place to start is my conversations with Aaron Silvers of ADL and Tim Martin of Rustici at LSCon 2012. Then follow my interviews with Ali and Russell of SaltBox. Saltbox jumped on board early with Project Tin Can. Russell has been an active contributor in refining Tin Can. Saltbox has created some technology to record statements from the Tin Can API called an LRS or Learning Record Store. Saltbox has developed Wax LRS, a Learning Record Store with analytics using the Tin Can API.. Project Tin Can really made a big show at mLearnCon 2012 by creating a special area dedicated to Project Tin Can called Tin Can Alley. Several companies showed support and jumped on board. Companies like Float Mobile Leaning with their release of Tappestry, a social learning app that is first to hit the market place leveraging Tin Can. Tin Can created quite a buzz. One of the things I like about the eLearning Guild is they really showcase current trends and technologies. They have their eye on the ball as they say.

Last week I conducted a few follow up interviews with my friends at Saltbox. Saltbox is located downtown Seattle and is part of SURF Incubator and collaborative work space for startu-ups. Check out my conversations with @alishahrazad & @fugu13 of @saltboxservices about what is going on with the next iteration of SCORM.

My interview with Russell Duhon CTO Saltbox Services

My Interview with Ali Shahrazad Co-Founder Saltbox Services

Lectora and Tin Can

There has been a lot of discussions on Protect Tin Can lately. One of the big questions has been about adoption. Will the major tool vendors embrace and join in. Aaron Silvers of ADL has helped build a community committed to change. Not to mention the hard work of Rustici Software has done kicking it off. There where several new apps announced at mLearnCon 2012 created that will support this new version of SCORM. Companies like Float Mobile Learning with Tappestry or my friends at Saltbox with their Wax Learning Record Store. More are announced every day. I think/hope we are seeing a shift in learning and development as we re-evaluate at how we look at what works in today’s world of social, informal and mobile. Some big opportunities here.

Most people that know me would agree that I am a big fan of Lectora by Trivantis. I have used this tool for rapid development for almost seven years now. Wow where did all that time go? I am currently working on some Captivate to Lectora course conversions so they will work on an iPad. I am very happy with how I have been able to recreate the interactions using Actions in Lectora. We can talk more about that in a future post.

I was pleased when I received this press release in my inbox. I can’t wait to get in there and see what I can do. Congratulations to my friends at Trivantis you are awesome!

My Speaking Engagements & Committees:

  • mLearnCon & DevCon 2013 Program chair
  • ASTD Puget Sound Interest Groups – Board Member

Speaking Engagements


  • LSCon 2012 – Instructional Design for Mobile
  • ASTD Puget Sound Program Committee
  • ASTD Essentials of Mobile Learning Webinar Series
  • Float Mobile Learning Symposium
  • The eLearning Guild’s Online Forum – Video on a budget
  • eLearning Guilds Devlearn 09 – Mobile Learning
  • ASTD Techknowledge 2010 – Rapid Video
  • 2010 Lectora User Conference Proposal Review Committee
  • ASTD Techknowledge 2011 Planning Committee

Lectora Case Study


The elearning Guild interview

Just One Question for Jeff Tillett: The Key to Good mLearning Design

By sure and check out my thought leader interviews!

Tappestry a new social learning tool by Float Mobile Learning

Recently Float launched a new app for social learning. The app is called Tappestry. It hit app store just in time to be a center point of the conversation at mLearnCon 2012. Tappestry is the first true mobile first app to hit the market but it is also the first application based on the next iteration of SCORM called Project Tin Can. If you don’t know what that is you should take a look at the interviews I did with Aaron Silvers and Tim Martin. Or this interview with Ali Shahrazad and Russell Duhon of Saltbox.
I am very proud that I work with such a creative company with some very talented people. If you would like to know more about Tappestry David Kelly does a great job in his blog titled Exploring Tappestry.
Or you can also jump right in and download the app for free and start sharing what you learn. Download

mLearnCon 2011

Another great year at mLearnCon conference for mobile learning. Year two proved to be a year of strategy. Company’s seem to know that they need to embrace mobile as part of their learning strategies. There where some serious questions as to how to implement mobile, what tools to use and technologies we should invests in. In my opinion it is to early to fully answer all of these questions. Again we tend to race to standardization when the possibilities have not fully evolved or been explored.

The key is to engage in mobile learning and follow the tech as it changes over the next few years. Hang on it will be a pretty fast moving ride. We should not get hung up on the how but focus on possibilities. Mobile presents opportunities to address training they way we naturally learn. I believe we learn best when there is an need. Mobile is out best option for just in time learning and can reach the learner where they need to learn.

As with all new types of technologies we leverage for learning we may need to reshape our content to fit the way it is delivered. In the same way we do not take a 8 hour classroom session and stuff it into an eLearning we will need to consider ways to fine tune our objectives and whittle down our content to fit mobile devices. We will also need to consider the fact the where and why may be different when it comes to mobile learning. We will be moving and may not be as focused when we bolted to our classroom chair or our desktop computer consuming an eLearning. The bottom line is mobile may force us to implement what we already know about learning and keep things simple. The fire hose approach to training just will not work for mobile. Refine your objectives, streamline your content and make it engaging.

To see the interviews I conducted with some of the thought leaders Check out Float Learning’s Blog.

I hope to see you next year


Mobile and the Medical field

I have been researching at vertical or specialty markets for mobile learning. One area that has really peeked my interest is the medical field. I have noticed that the doctors I have visited lately have all had laptops or desktops computers in their exam rooms. On a recent visit to a specialist the doctor interviewed me entering information into his laptop. After he was finished he popped in a VHS video in a VCR connected to a tiny little TV and left me to watch it. I could not help thinking about the opportunity here. He could have combined the technologies and had both on one ipad. The video could also have had interactive content allowing me to dig deeper if I had any questions. I can think of many potential applications that would take advantage of the mobile platform. I this case the patient could have learned the baseline information about their diagnosis. What if they wanted to learn more? That same content could be online and the patient could have checked a box or entered an email address so more information could be made available to them after they get home.
Here are some links to additional research I found on the web.