A Martini moment

Photo Credit: Thomas Hawk via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: Thomas Hawk via Compfight cc

Yeah, it’s a cheesy line but the concept of learning any time, anyplace, anywhere has come home to me this week in a big way.

I was lucky enough to continue the discussion with Steve Wheeler and Denise Hudson Lawson about mobile learning. Last week we were in Sheffield and mindmapped the disruptive innovation we can get from mobile. This week we were in Cardiff and we chose two concepts – Augmented Reality and Text – to investigate further.

Steve suggested we looked at them through a range of lenses:

  • Society and Cultural
  • Technological
  • Pedagogical

We chose these concepts as they’re at the extreme ends of the mobile spectrum. AR is perceived as a transformational way of providing content and contextual support. Text is early generation mobile technology which can, arguably, be approached from a position of experience and common understanding.

Image courtesy of Denise Hudson Lawson

Image courtesy of Denise Hudson Lawson

We looked at the text piece first – arguably it’s a more simple proposition being a technology which is accessible to more where a digital divide is much narrower in terms of those who:

  • can/can’t gain the ability
  • have/haven’t the access to the technology
  • will/won’t have the desire or attitude

If you look at the very quick thinking which we put into it you’ll see the exercise is more complex than at first thought.

Some of the contingencies:

With a high number of potential users, a simple access system and a high take up, are those without mobile text likely to be discriminated further?

Misunderstanding of emoticons and abbreviations are likely to be cultural issues; they have a technological impact in the way the text is designed and distributed. How will this affect any text learning app design?

If you were able to link text messages into an open badge framework, what potential cross platform enhancements could and would you create?

Steve has picked up on the ‘always on’ aspect of mobile on his blog.

Any organisation that refuses to support this kind of learning is myopic. They also put themselves in danger of being left behind.

Let me change the word organisation to the function of L&D. What are you doing to stop yourself being left behind? We’re in London next week and hoping to take this conversation further – where do we go next? Are we ready for a learning design piece yet? What else do we need to scope?

Please comment and add to this fascinating phase of L&D’s evolution.

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