At January’s CES show in Las Vegas, over 100 new tablets were unveiled and there has been plenty of fuss for a while about how the iPad is going to change learning.
But I believe that the touch screen probably represents a more important change in elearning. It’s going to alter a number of things – not least how we design elearning. I’ve posted up a blog entry recently about this and would appreciate your thoughts on this issue.
Interesting topic. One the one hand I believe iPad's and their ilk will change the game, as they become more and more ubiquitous. They also offer an opportunity to create a different learning experience. On the other hand, if all we, as learning and development people, do is continue to convert PowerPoints to "eLearning" then it's doomed to, well, not quite failure per se, but maybe failure to meet it's fullest potential.
This is interesting, because we know that Apple has an adversion to Flash products. That said, from a development perspecive, it is difficult to build dynamic/interactive courses that are compatible with these mobile products.
HTML 5, vs Flash, is another option but does not produce the same results.
Have others experienced this issue?
Thank you people,
These are insightful observations.
Andy you are right converting “power point” presentations to e-learning does not exactly help the learning process.. Engagement, as Samantha points out, is key. I am not sure that we need to equate TOUCH SCREEN with TABLETS only. This technology is already spilling into lap tops and will soon become the norm rather than the exception. I am convinced that TOUCH SCREEN opens the opportunity to feel, move, tap, peel, and manipulate content with our hands on a computer screen. How can we leverage this natural state to create engaging content? Perhaps, the big attraction of the angry bird is in pulling the sling shot with your finger. J
Love to hear from you
There's massive hype surrounding tablet devices right now, just as there was around mobile learning a few years before, and laptops before that, and PC's before that, and CD's before that and laser discs . . . well I guess you know where I'm going here.
There's no doubt that the ability to "touch" the content will assist in certain areas; that the portability of the device is excellent and that to have "Learning Apps" in the future will be really great.
But here's the rub; will it actually make us better? Will it make our companies more successful? Will it deliver results?
We've been here so many times before (see opening words); we've been told the promised land is upon us and we've been told that the new technology will change the landscape. Sure there are changes, but I'm not convinced that I've seen the step-change in performance and results that everyone seems to be offering.
If we focus on the results then the technology doesn't matter. Leading with technology as a "saviour" takes us towards a state of techno-paralysis where we believe that because we have new technology we cannot fail. This is a dangerous place to be and a place we should avoid at all costs.
Use technology by all means but know the results you are trying to achieve rather than the technology you are trying to covet.