Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you might have heard by now that mobile learning is no longer the next big thing – it IS the big thing. In the past, smart phones and tablets were something only the “trend setters” had, but now that they are more affordable and accessible than ever (with Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 5 earlier this month, the iPhone 4S price has dropped to $99) it’s no wonder mLearning has taken off. Here is a quick breakdown of the mobile learning trends you need to be watching. All of these trends saw significant uptake in 2012… and look to continue.
1. mLearning in the classroom…and in the workplace.
2. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
3. “Snack learning”
4. Tin Can API
5. Location-based integration and workplace training
6. Cloud computing
Full Text: » 6 Mobile Learning Trends That Grew in 2012 » Bottom Line Performance.
Question from a client:
We’re an organisation of about 1000 people and we don’t have any e-learning. How far behind are we?
This question led me to think about a much larger question – the state of e-learning in Australian organisations in 2012. Now, before you read on, please be advised the following is my opinion, based on five years of consulting in Australia across about 80 clients. My experience is not exhaustive and my opinion will have inherent biases. But, here it is:
Full Text: The State of E-Learning in Australia in 2012.
The rapid changes in consumer technologies across the spectrum of users—old, young, experienced, novice—and the penetration and adoption of technology ever deeper into our daily lives are creating a sea change in many industries and endeavors, and education is not escaping. Acting as a catalyst, technology is changing the way we view students and their educational experience, worldwide.
The Student as Customer
One of the paradigm shifts occurring in higher education is the realization of the student as a true customer, one with a number of choices and instant access to information regarding those potential choices. This—along with the increased emphasis on the value of education (from parents to governments) and the effects of the international financial atmosphere—is driving higher education systems changes to achieve efficiency, effectiveness, competitiveness, flexibility, and agility. Additional functionality is being developed or customized for higher education; such systems as customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence (BI) /predictive analytics (PA), and mobile device management (MDM) systems are being implemented to better recruit, analyze, and engage students.
[Our take: About time!]
Full Text: Latest Trends in Student Information Systems: Driven by Competition (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.
Ever wonder if the online learning team at your community college is anywhere near normal? Is your distance learning program facing the same challenges as peer institutions across the nation?
The Instructional Technology Council (ITC), a non-profit organization that tracks online learning trends at community colleges across the nation, has come up with a loose list of 14 generalized indicators of what “normal” may look like deep inside two-year colleges when it comes to the impact of distance learning. This loose list is based on a survey of 143 accredited institutions that responded to ITC’s annual distance learning trends survey, published March 2012.
Full Text: 14 online learning challenges at community colleges | TPE Post.
Copy of Report (PDF): http://www.itcnetwork.org/attachments/article/87/ITCAnnualSurveyMarch2012.pdf
Online education is growing, not only at the university level, but also in secondary and elementary grades.
Younger Students Join Online Learning Trend | USA | English.
Via Scoop.it – The eLearning Site
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Accredited online colleges continue to increase in popularity as an alternative to campus-based education. We evaluated distance learning trends and built a list of technological necessities for online students. Continue reading Top 5 Tech Gadgets For Online Students