Let us start by saying that writing a blog post on this subject is pretty tricky. And frankly the thought of skipping it did cross our minds. But we have decided to go with it anyway. Even at the risk of sounding cynical.
We have gone through hundreds of blogs, articles, opinions and discussion forums concentrated around how mLearning is the red hot thing in 2012, how it’s becoming a very integral part of everyone’s learning strategies, and speculations around the way it would be implemented by organizations. We very much endorse the same views. However we don’t want to call it the present just yet. The future? Definitely but as of now more R&D is required before we can say that mLearning in the online training industry has arrived. Yes there will be stand alone examples in various forms of mLearning being applied at university level. But a corporate client will still need more time to consider mLearning development. And we mean serious mLearning development which goes beyond the usual brief “Make this course run on the iPad too.” Continue reading
We all anticipated the launch of iPad 3 but probably we don’t need to spell out how limited we found the upgrades to be, considering Apple themselves couldn’t decide to give it a better name than the generic “The New iPad”. Not that we were over optimistic about Apple actually including the features we had in our wish list, as written in our previous post. But even then “The New iPad” was a tad disappointing for most, especially us in the eLearning industry. While Apple may be saying that the pre-orders were a sold out pretty soon, but for a larger section of people, it left much to be desired for. Continue reading
The one strategy that everyone wants to get it right is mLearning? It is a space that is evolving so quickly that it is difficult to stay ahead of the curve and one has to be extremely cautious while making the choices. And one such choice is that of the device itself.
Wikipedia defines mLearning as any sort of learning that happens when the learner is not at a fixed, predetermined location, or learning that happens when the learner takes advantage of the learning opportunities offered by mobile technologies. Continue reading
Just as we shared our thoughts less than a week back about the change iTunes U (See our earlier post – iTunesU and iAuthor may impact mLearning – sooner than you think) might be bringing to the world of mLearning (as we know it), we hear of other players jumping in the bandwagon. Samsung announces its plans to launch the Learning Hub in direct competition with Apple’s iTunesU. Continue reading
iBook, iAuthors and the iTunesU from Apple, a great step towards changing the education system. For those who underestimated the announcement, this was a huge wake up call! Apple have been busy doing what they do best and that is innovating! Though targeted at schools and colleges and students right now, the impact that this could have on higher education companies, publishers, universities and colleges is mind boggling!
In one go, Apple has entered the eBook marketplace (taking on Amazon) in a big way, authoring tool space (Adobe must be really scratching their head with the free iAuthor) and into the realm of online education and learning (traditional companies that service the online colleges and universities and educational institutions as well). It would be interesting to track the share prices of some of the companies that are going to be impacted by the iBook, iAuthor and the iTunes. Continue reading
Launched with much fan fare and a vision to empower the students on a mass level, Akash—the tablet priced at $35—is a much debated product amongst the technologists.
While some are quite gung ho about the tablet being a very cost effective option for students, others are trying to find if it is worth your money. With iPads setting up a certain standard for tablets in the mind of the end user, Akash appears to be a poor cousin!
Apart from the Android 2.2 operating system, screen width of 7 inches, 2 GB built-in memory, and Wi-fi enabled network, it also comes with 2 ports for USB drive, a feature missing in the original iPad. But that is just about the only extra feature that Akash can boast about. Continue reading