Talk Mobile Learning with PDG at ASTD Philadelphia!

Join PDG’s Rich Mesch at the ASTD Philadelphia e-Learning SIG on January 17, 2013 at 6:00pm in Plymouth Meeting, PA  as he presents “Mobile Learning is SO 10 Minutes Ago… Mobile Performance is Now!” Click here for details and registration info.

Mobile learning is on everybody’s to-do list, and why not? Who wouldn’t want learning that follows you everywhere? But like so many emerging technologies, we need to look past the gloss of the possible to the reality of the useful. When we deliver learning to a mobile device the same way we deliver it to a desktop computer, we miss the point of Imagehaving a mobile device to begin with. People “learn” from their mobile devices all the time, they just don’t call it training. Whether they’re pulling sports scores, GPS-ing the next leg of their trip, or sending some quick texts, people use their mobile devices to gain knowledge–and we need to leverage the methods our audience is already using. They use mobile devices:

  • In short intense bursts
  • In down-time, such as between appointments
  • To retrieve information that may not be at their fingertips, or
  • To get information that may be so current or time-sensitive, there’s no other way to get it other than right now.

We need to look at not what we can teach people on a mobile device, but rather how we can use mobile devices to provide information to help them perform better. The goal of this session is to overcome the hype and misinformation surrounding mobile learning, and focus on how this technology can help the workforce become more effective. We’ll explore why most mobile learning is ineffective, and why mobile content needs to be rethought based on how people use mobile devices.

Participants in this session will learn:

  • How to create a mobile strategy that supports performance rather than learning
  • Why adapting conventional learning paradigms to mobile devices is ineffective
  • Relevant research on how adults use mobile devices
  • How mobile technology can be used effectively for performance support
  • Reusable Strategy & Design models for creating effective mobile performance

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