Disruptive Technology? Or just a fantasy?

There has been much speculation on what future technologies will be used in creating the next generation of devices. As new types of materials are developed we get glimpses of what our future will look like. Everyday there are new types of technologies announced. Many of them have the possibility of being disruptive. We are innovating too. We are also coming up with new ways to leverage these new technologies as fast as they become available. This stuff gets cheaper everyday too. As Dr. Michio Kaku would say “in the future we will have microchips that will cost only a penny…” He is not kidding.

This is based on the theory of Moore’s Law, the observation that over the history of computing hardware, the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years. This exponential improvement has dramatically enhanced the impact of digital electronics and is driving the costs down at the same rate.

With Dr. Michio Kaku @ DevLearn 2011

We may not be that far away from some of the technology we have seen in movies like Minority Report, Star Trek or even The Jetsons. OK now I am dating myself. It’s not just the technology that is changing, the way we interact with our devices is changing as well. Let’s look at mobile devices for an example. No more mouse – we gesture or in the case of 3D Leap Motion we use 3D gesture technology.

Of course we can’t forget Siri or products like Dragon Speak for using our voice to interact with these devices. Voice interactions will continue to get better and better. Everything is getting smarter too. We are now creating software that anticipates our needs and offers us options. This can be based on our browsing habits, content we interact with and of course our user profiles. The possibilities are endless or as Napoleon Hill once said “whatever the mind can conceive the mind can achieve”. One thing is for sure – innovation and creativity are driving us forward and it is disrupting how we live today. What if we learn to embrace it and leverage it to solve the problems around us? Let’s not make it all about money or greed. Let’s use this evolution as a vehicle to a higher consciousness.

I leave you with this inspirational video. A Day Made of Glass part of a series of videos by Dow Corning.

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Mobile Learning 101 for ASTD Puget Sound

Here is a video of my presentation for ASTD Puget Sounds 2012 WORKPLACE LEARNING CONFERENCE: Ignite Your Mojo. My slides are short little observations or questions meant to stimulate good discussion.  If you attended you know what I am talking about. If not, then please feel free to reach out for further discussion or check out some of my related articles.

Thank you, Aaron Silvers for your inspiration of the app Photo Circle I am always learning something from you!

Thank you,  Kody at the sun-river Nature Center. I loved your use of mobile technology for learning in the use of the app iBird. Hope to stop in and visit in December.
Be sure to search the twitter hash-tag for 10 additional tips

I have the privileged of meeting Dr. Bill Rankin of ACU at mLearnCOn 2011 and hearing him speak as part of a discussion panel. I love Dr. Rankins explanation below of how, throughout history, learning has changed with technology all the way to mobile.

~jeff

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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.

Come join in the discussions!

eLearning Guilds Online Forums

~Jeff

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Does rapid video really work for learning?

There is a great discussion happening in the eLearning Guild’s Linkedin group. The topic is on the use of video for learning. Lots of thoughts and good advice. I am a believer in video for learning. Over the last 7 years I made a lot of video for learning and development. The videos have been used in many different ways. I can tell you it works from my experience and just plain old observation. The proof is out there and it is easy to see. You cant tell me that you have never searched youtube and learned how to do something via video. I think that’s one we can all agree on.

This is all prosumer level gear

This is all prosumer level gear

One of the next questions is how fancy do we need to get? Do need only high quality videos or can I go Youtube style? Can we buy low end gear and just go at it? What equipment is best? The real answer here is … are you ready…wait for it…”it depends”.

Depends on what, you may ask. It depends on the message, the audience and the culture of your organization. I also would say that most companies need both. One organization that I worked for had retail stores. The employees where 20-somethings. When we used high end video with spinning logos, polished transitions and people in ties the audience was not as engaged. As a matter of fact in some ways it turned them off. The video was looked at as a top-down message. Something they had to watch. However when we did a more rapid YouTube style video and used top performers and real people for simulations and training videos, it worked!

Each company needs to step back and take a look at how rapid video could increase the possibilities of learning. Running some pilots would probably be a good place to start. Do some research for ways you could deliver it or use it. How you are going to measure its effectiveness?

A far as doing it yourself, if you are willing to put the time in to learn some new skills and technology, and you would enjoy the creative part of the job, go for it.

In the meantime check out this video on YouTube. Watch it. Then ask yourself if you learned something from watching this video.

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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

Jeff