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The eLearning Guild’s mobile learning conference.

mLearnCon 2010: Index of My Blog Posts

My Blog Posts about mLearnCon 2010

On Twitter: @jenisecook

June 14-17, 2010, in gorgeous San Diego, California, The eLearning Guild hosted and facilitated their first annual conference on mobile learning, or mLearnCon. I registered to attend several seminars, plus a full-day workshop on Monday, “Think Different: Getting Your Mind Around mLearning Design”, facilitated by Dr. Clark Quinn, @Quinnovator on Twitter.

The week was filled with exciting seminars. If you attend mLearnCon in 2011, I strongly suggest you go with several colleagues, schedule seminars in advance, and then share notes. I made some hard choices that week on which seminars to attend…there were many good ones available.

Everyone felt that we are at the point of seeing mlearning take off exponentially in the next few months and years, and yet, there are many issues to discuss and resolve…particularly how to track and report mlearning in the various Learning Management Systems (LMSs), and data security issues.

For your enjoyment, here’s a list of my mLearnCon 2010 posts:

1) Bill Brandon’s Recap: First Annual mLearnCon

On Twitter: @billbrandon

2) B.J. Schone: 20 mLearning Tools in 60 Minutes

On Twitter: @bjschone

3) Joe Welinske: iPad Panel – iPad App Resources

4) Featured Panel Discussion on the Apple iPad

5) Patti Shank: Your First mLearning Initiatives

6) Tomi Ahonen: Keynote – Mobile in Learning

On Twitter: @tomiahonen

7) Qualcomm’s Mobile Learning Journey

8] Richard Clark: Surviving without Flash

On Twitter: @rdclark

9) Mimi Ito: Keynote – What the User Wants in mLearning

On a Personal Note…

On Monday afternoon, while in Dr. Clark Quinn’s workshop, my husband texted me some very sad news. His mom died that day. My mother-in-law Donna had suffered a long, hard battle against lung cancer, won the battle, but had lost to COPD. We knew we’d have her for this year only, but her death came sooner than we expected and it was a shock.

I notified members of The Guild, drove home (we lived near San Diego at that time), and was able to return to the conference on Tuesday and for the rest of the week at my husband’s urging Monday evening. His mom had made advanced preparations and arrangements, so we had no tasks to attend to that week.

The eLearning Guild staff not only host amazing conferences, they also, during very hectic conference days, take time to be human. I cannot express enough thanks to those staff members who reached out to me for a few minutes with their kindness and compassion. I specifically want to call out Brent Schlenker, whose concern and thoughtful words meant more to me than I can ever express.

Thank you, eLearning Guild.

The American Cancer Society helped Donna through some very hard times. If you can, help me pay it forward through donations of either time or finances. Thank you.


mLearnCon 2010: Recap – The eLearning Guild

mLearnCon: Mobile Gets Real

Bill Brandon on the First Annual mLearnCon

On Twitter: @billbrandon

Author Bill Brandon of The eLearning Guild has written a concise recap of last month’s mLearnCon conference in San Diego, California. This year’s mLearnCon was the Guild’s first conference on mobile learning. We who attended got caught up in the excitement of mobile learning and its potential. It’s a bit like when e-learning began to take off, yet different. Learning on mobile devices is different.

Enjoy Bill Brandon’s recap; it’s written much better than my “live blogging” posts. And, it’s a must read if you are exploring mobile learnng.


mLearnCon 2010: B. J. Schone – 20 mLearning Tools

Tuesday (15 June 2010, 2:30-3:30 p.m.) Workshop

20 mLearning Tools in 60 Seconds

B.J. Schone, Senior Learning Technology Specialist, at Qualcomm, told participants about 20 mobile learning tools in under an hour! His concise, four-page handout is a treasure chest of resources for the diversity of mobile devices and operating systems/platforms. He is also a live-blogger’s dream because he has posted his presentation slides on

That makes my task easier, so thank you, B.J.

On Twitter: @bjschone

mLearning Tools


mLearnCon 2010: iPad Panel – Joe Welinske Resources

Wednesday (16 June 2010, 2:30-3:30 p.m.) Workshop

iPad Resources from Joe Welinske

Featured Panel: iPad – Game Changer or Just Another Tablet?

Joe Welinske, President, Writers UA, provided a one-page sheet of iPad design and development resources for those of us who attended the featured panel.

On Twitter: @jwelinske

iPad Resources URL

or, same information located at:

Here’s my recap from Joe’s handout!

  • iPhone Dev Center (join for free and download Xcode and iPhone SDK)
  • Use Automator to Publish iPad Content (It’s on my MacBookPro…)
  • iPad Human Interface Guidelines (usability, etc.)
  • HTML and CSS support on Safari (currently the only browser on the iPad)
  • iPad/Flash articles
  • Apple Online Help Model for the iPad/iPhone

I cannot wait to “geek out” on all of the resources Joe has provided.

Wow! If I thought the e-learning world was exciting and fun as an instructional designer, I am thrilled with what I am seeing for mobile learning.


mLearnCon 2010: iPad Panel

Wednesday (16 June 2010, 2:30-3:30 p.m.) Workshop

Featured Panel: iPad – Game Changer or Just Another Tablet?

Panel Members:

First, a Few Words from Me

I am owned by an iPad. And, I’m an Apple fangrrrl. However, I am also “agnostic” when it comes to operating systems and manufacturers. I truly believe that our learners will let us know which mobile devices and OSes are “the ones”… not Adobe, not Apple, not Google… the learners will be the judges, and I feel we all need to be “multilingual” when designing and developing mobile learning. That said, I am a HUGE FAN of the iPad. I’m convinced that tablet-based learning will rock our worlds, and it was a fun, guilty pleasure to have attended this featured panel with fellow iPad fans.

Okay, now for my rapid-typing note while everyone spoke. I typed on my iPad, using the Notes application.

Session Notes

Bigger screen. Instant on. iTunes ecosystem. Tansparent media. Kid and grandparent friendly. Simplicity. They are marketing to eBooks and to web surfing. Instant information.
By year end, there may be 25 tablets. How will iPad fare?

Android platform has a complex platform, not as easy to use platform as Apple’s.

The openness of Android is part of it’s problem. Who do I develop for?

iPhone development kit is easy to figure out.

iPad and Microsoft: it’s not an Intel device, cannot run MS Office.

iTunes ecosystem is billions of dollars, and developers have been waiting for a mobile device to take advantage of it; MS is behind the curve.

iPad and mlearning… Potential to be a true digital book, not an eBook, but a full, multimedia digital book, an anatomy book, for example (images, video, etc.), along with social networking. It’s a shareable device… Great for collaboration. Scrabble app.. The iPad is the board and your iPhone is the tray of pieces. Ways of rethinking how we create design and develop learning. Recent upgrade to the Scrabble app actually turns the board.

The iPad is the gateway to the cloud. Rutgers… Syllabus, accessing it. It also can keep people more on tasks because it is so easy to do, to move from state to state. Don’t have to disconnect it from other peripherals, for example.

The body interacts with it, with the gestures. Its larger screen is intuitive, easy to use.

It needs front and back cameras for social collaboration, and creation and sharing of media.

George Fox U gave incoming freshman the option to get an iPad over the MacBookPro, and 10% chose the iPad. But it doesn’t print. There is no file system. Has to be tethered to iTunes. However, iPad has the potential to be amazing in the univ classroom.

Abilene Christian Univ iPod Touch means less engagement than the iPhone. The social and entertainment options gives them educational value. The iPad doesn’t fit in pockets, so they don’t offer the iPad, faculty are testing it. Sees potential for media creation and sharing. SketcchBook Pro, for example.

The Wired app is lovely and catastrophic. It’s not really text. It comes out of InDesign 5. It is a big image, can’t interact with the text. Can’t use gestures. Fear that swipe would replace “click Next” as in elearning.

The iPad is high design, and it is leading in tablet interface design. Innovative ways to exploit the gestures and full features takes time and money, just keep this in mind. Numbers app is well designed, for example, but you will pay $10 for it.

What mlearners will want…
Bookmarking is critical. Copy and paste. Sharing. Transparent interface that appears when you need it and goes away to give you more creative space.

They also want esthetics, beauty in design. iPad can deliver this.

Accessibility features.. Apple has built accessibility into SDK for disabilities.

Disk storage.. Is the iPad for the cloud? Currently, it is clunky because of iTunes but you can use Dropbox or GoodReader. But it’s not easy for non-power users. But because the files are saved in the app used to create it, it resides there. A bit easier to find it instead of trying to remember where u saved it.

Not a problem, the Flash issue. With the mobile web that delivers content based on devices may not be a problem. Think in 6-12 months it may not be an issue. HTML5 is actively being enhanced. The touch feature is what needs to be addressed. Flash is too mouse driven with hover features. The need is for a WYSIWYG program that makes it easy for you and your SMEs to create cross-OS, devices mlearning. It might take a couple of years. It’s a transition. Pushes our creativity.