mLearning is not primarily about ‘consuming’ content on a mobile device, but is about acting in the world.
We now live in a world where mobile information is literally available at our fingertips. Until recently, I have chiefly viewed my iPad and smartphone as a tool to read email (but generally not to compose it), study scriptures, play games and consume media. The common vibe is
that we ought to use mobile devices to deliver modified trainings to folks on the go. I’ve sat in numerous brainstorming meetings with people citing truck drivers would benefit from receiving training on the road, which seemed cool and like it would fulfill a legitimate business need—however I kept feeling like we were either missing the mark with Mobile or at least not conceiving of its full potential.
I’ve been pondering the following nsparks-inspired question for a while: “How does the Lord want me to leverage this technology in order to move forward the four-fold mission of his Church?” After reading a number of experts, pondering Elder Bendar’s counsel to us, and talking with friends, here’s what I have concluded: mLearning’s chief benefit needs to be leveraged to connect people in real time. We need stop looking for the best eLearning authoring tool that delivers to mobile devices. We need to start thinking differently about where we get our info. COMMUNITIES! Your friends, family and peers have a huge influence on what you learn, and are a major information resource.
As we find ways to connect with and create new communities, we will find immediate, personalize, relevant solutions to our answers. Compare this to our current model of gathering information…
mLearning needs to augment and enrich real world experiences. Mobile devices should be primarily used collect data or to interact with others, not for mindless consumption.
Location is also an important and unique variable mLearning has to offer.