Desperately seeking the Holy Grail of #mlearning authoring platforms

Posted on Feb 4, 2013

If you haven’t seen this article by Float Learning, then I’d advise you taking a look, particularly if you are / have plans to maximise the growing mobile device phenomena (if you aren’t, prepared to be overtaken by your your employees AND your competitors).

One of the interesting aspects of this article was Chad Udell’s desire to see a mobile authoring platform that utilised a devices native functionality.

I’ve seen 3 mobile authoring platforms so far in the UK

GoMo by Epic
Linestream by Line
K Tango by Certpoint

none of which allow the devices native functionality to be tapped into. Furthermore, having spoken to each of these organisations it appears that none of them have any plans to incorporate the functionality into their platform anytime in the near future.

So, I’d like to repeat Chad’s plea

Chad continues his long-running hope that a mobile learning development tool will be released that takes advantage of the affordances of mobile devices, whether it be through sensors, multitouch/gestural input, and so on. Many eLearning tool vendors say they support mobile learning output, but honestly, they mostly just mean they come with a channel to get the output onto a mobile device via HTML or maybe a set of mobile-optimized templates. Someone in 2013 will change that

If you are aware of any platforms that allow a ‘Joe Average’ end user to create mobile resources that tap into the devices native functionality then please let me know or of you already own such a platform – please get in touch as I’d love to take a closer look, possible even Beta test???

6 comments
richardthyde
richardthyde like.author.displayName 1 Like

I agree completely with what has been said here.  This is an area we are very interested in.  We are working on extending the capabilities of existing mobile authoring tools to use native functionality.

Also I found this research very thoughtful (if confirming what we all know): http://www.boozallenlearning.com/whitepapers/IEL12_Failure-Triggered-Training_Bliton-Gluck.pdf

Extending the time span of a learning intervention into the workplace using failure-led training is a very powerful and clearly effective approach.  This is performance support at its best and could be extended to all types of behavioural change.

maberdour
maberdour

These tools are all about delivering content, they are authoring tools,so they focus solely on one of Quinn's 4 C's of mobile learning: content. Two of the others are capture and communicate, and here the native device features can really shine, but why handle these within the content module? For example, taking photos, recording audio and video and submitting them to share and discuss or for marking, works better in the learning platform than the content module. Compute is the 4th, which would suit an app. What sort of use cases are you looking for Craig?

CraigTaylor74
CraigTaylor74 moderator

@maberdour Hi @maberdour, Thanks for dropping by and commenting. I'd had a little self bet as to who'd be first ;-)

Here's an idea I'm working on at the moment....... An app that focusses on an organisations 'personal behaviours' i.e. the behaviours that an organisation expects it employees to demonstrate.

The app initially pushes Content to people to explain what those behaviours are and provide 'real world' examples. On a periodic basis (say every Friday afternoon) a popup appears on screen asking people how they have demonstrated those behaviours that week.

I 'click through' and can then Capture those behaviours I have demonstrated using text, voice, video, image. (If I am unsure I can check what the 'organisations take' on those behaviours are, without leaving the app) They are then Communicated to a central location to:

a) provide the employee with a record of their behaviours for use during 1:1s, mid years, end of years etc

b) provide the organisation with data regarding understanding of the behaviours and any associated trends

c) provide other users with the ability to see 'other peoples' examples in order to kindle their own realisations of behaviours that they themselves may be demonstrating but may not be self-aware enough to realise.

H&S 'Content pushing' apps (like the NHS one) would, I feel benefit from having native functionality baked in so that when an individual is being told about workplace hazards and the process for reporting them they could use the device to Capture the hazard and then automatically Communicate it to a central, reporting location for action - I suggested such here

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/health-and-safety-awareness/id485007745?mt=8



maberdour
maberdour

You want an app that sends notifications and stores micro blog style actions such as saving a photo, recording or a few words. It then submits them over Tin Can API to a learning record store, which means the organisation can then map learning to performance improvements, with all the Kirkpatrick goodness that comes with that! We are scoping something similar at the moment, the capture bit would be an extension to that but not a huge piece of work. We should talk in 2 weeks, I'll have something more tangible to talk you through then.

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