eLearning and all forms within are normally taken via your desktop computer and either hitting your company’s server with your browser or going to a hosted LMS vendor’s solution. If you wanted to work on creating content, for many people, the route would be and still is creating courses via a desktop based rapid eLearning authoring tool, or via your LMS/LCMS vendor’s tool (hosted or not) or via Dreamweaver or some other type of solution.
mLearning aka Mobile Learning is enabling people in theory to take courses via the smart phone or as some vendors have the nerve to include ” cell phones – as in all-inclusive”, or in reality to use mLearning solutions to enable a collaborative or social learning platform or view documents – such as PDFs or word documents on their smart phones in some manner in which people read the docs and then follow steps. Not exactly, interactive.
If you wanted to have a video conference with multiple people or a webinar with high quality video or full video streaming on your smart phone, you are out of luck.
Consumer slate tablets will change that, excuse me, all of that. And for people who think that tablets are not going to be a big influencer in the market, lets clear that up, quickly. Forrester Research projected that in the entire 2010, that 3.5 million tablets or really the Ipad or other tabs would be sold. You may have even seen the graphs hitting the net. Unless the Ipad falls off the planet tomorrow, you can take that and chunk it out of the window – Forrester’s projection. To date, 3 million Ipads have been sold, and we still have over 5 months to go. With new slate tablet makers arriving, it is without a doubt to exceed the original projection.
While 99% of the public, believes that the Ipad is the only player in the market, it is not. Others have arrived, some with impressive capabilities to further take this new delivery channel to a whole new level. And more or on the way.
Ipad, Entourage EDGE, Camangi WebStation, Freescale, Amtek, Asus,Open Peak’s Open Tablet, ExoPC Tablet, Fusion_Garage Joo Joo, Ubuntu Linux SmartQ, EAFT MagicTile. Dell is coming into the battle with the “Streak”, Samsung, Toshiba, Nvida, Archos 7, Amtek and many more. The big monster to arrive at some point – Google.
Why will they change the market, oh just a few weapons (features) – and not necessarily they all have them, rather it is a combination of various features. The point is – they exist – and for people who want to truly experience the new world of eLearning on the go – that’s right on the go, can do it. Take a sprinkle of mLearning, add eLearning, which yes, you can state that mLearning is a sub component of eLearning, add a touch of social learning, spin in some desktop if you want to sit at your desk – home or work and whalla – the battle is here.
Formats by Audio, Video, Image, Publication and Other
Consumer slate tablets defeating desktops, smart phones. Why? Social Learning, WBT courses, LMS possibilities, “Cloud” authoring tools, Emerging technology, Mobile Learning and all other aspects of eLearning, On the Go, High speed, E-Books – Real time web conferences where you actually see the people – hear them and respond, webinars and much more.
TOPYX by Interactyx works on an iPad, offers HTML5 and will eventually enable end users to build HTML5 courses within their content authoring tool – yes they have fired the first shot, time for a wake-up to the rest of the industry.
The battle cry, “The British are Coming” doesn’t apply, rather “The Consumer Tablets are here, the revolution has started” does, and we no longer need a person on a horse to tell us, the net already has.
I am not referring that tablets have replaced or will replace the laptop market. Rather they will become a new audience channel that vendors need to be aware of, and understand that they need to design and deliver solutions for this market, in order to meet the on-going demand for “on the go” learning and specifically, solutions that can be built in a cloud, rather than via desktop only software.
by Craig Weiss, E-Learning 24/7 (www.elearninfo.com)
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