New mLearning Authoring Tools – Wave #2
MARCH 27, 2011
Another month, another trip to Orlando it seems and last week had me attending two different shows down near the Mouse House; Learning Solutions 2011 and CTIA Wireless 2011. This first post will focus on LS2011 and I’ll post again on CTIA tomorrow. The Learning Solutions 2011 Event. Contact them directly to sign up for the official beta of Claro too! Storyline from Articulate. Check it out here.
Enterprise Mobile Learning 2011 - Year in Review
DECEMBER 28, 2011
a.k.a. How On Target Were My 2011 Predictions? It’s time once again to take stock of what happened in enterprise mobile learning and see if any of my 2011 predictions hit their intended targets. Prediction #1 - mLearning Engagements Expand. If 2010 was the year of the pilot, 2011 will be the year of the deployment. examples the industry has waited for over the past many years. Prediction #2.
Enterprise mLearning Predictions for 2011
JANUARY 2, 2011
It is time once again to ponder the research, extrapolate on recent experience, and attempt to read the tea leaves so we can predict the future of enterprise mobile learning in 2011. After such an exciting and rewarding 2010, my predictions for the coming year seem broader and more varied given the fast changing dynamics of the marketplace and accelerated adoption of mobile learning by organizations of all sizes. 1. mLearning Engagements Expand. If 2010 was the year of the pilot, then 2011 will be the year of the deployment. examples the industry has waited for over the past many years.
My 2012 Enterprise mLearning Predictions Recap
DECEMBER 31, 2012
As 2012 draws to a close, its time to evaluate how in focus my lens on the future of enterprise mobile learning proved to be this past year and how many of my year ago predictions hit their targets. Here’s the analysis of how it all played out. Prediction #1 - Mobile Learning Goes Mainstream. Or perhaps this is more a case of the classic “frog in boiling water” scenario. On Target But. Bullseye.
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Enterprise mLearning Predictions for 2012
DECEMBER 30, 2011
Here on the last day of the year, I offer my predications for the big and shaping trends we’ll see in the enterprise mobile learning space for 2012. As in the past, this year’s list includes predictions across a gamut of new technologies, consumer/buyer trends plus a few anticipated seismic shifts in the world of business that should collectively reshape the landscape for the adoption and accelerated growth of mobile learning for businesses. So, in no certain order, here are my predictions… 1. Mobile Learning Goes Mainstream. Access Points Diversify. Gamification Accelerates mLearning Adoption.
New mLearning Authoring Offerings - Wave #1
JANUARY 31, 2011
As detailed in my list of mobile learning predictions for 2011 , a collection of smart and savvy authoring tool vendors offering solutions for online training delivery will start to introduce specialized tools that will enable some form of single sourcing that outputs mobile-friendly content with little or nominal effort over and above what's already been invested to create online courseware and training materials. Let's take a quick look at both companies and their respective offerings: Rapid Intake's mLearning Studio. Moreover, we really like what we see in their "version 1.0"
Trail Ride to Float Mobile Learning Symposium
MAY 25, 2012
We are about thirty days out from the Float Mobile LearningSymposium and I am getting excited! I’m ready to pack my saddle bags, mount the proverbial horse and head up the cattle trail to Chicago for this year’s event to be held at startup incubator 1871 and in conjunction with TechWeek 2012 Conference in Chicago. Why am I excited? That’s easy, Tex! Yippee, ki-yah
Back Again + Captivate 8 Review (Summary: WOW!)
MAY 27, 2014
First off, my apologies to all subscribers for being absent for so long in posting anything new to this blog. While my time and focus have never veered away from all things enterprise mobile learning centric, the time to write my thoughts down and share them with subscribers has been in short supply. The advent of our updated corporate web presence in the coming weeks has energized my efforts to write and share so hopefully this will be the first of many new postings in the coming months and quarters. Onward and upward, eh? It couldn’t come at a better time. How about “WOW!”
In Praise of “The New iPad 4G HD 3”
MARCH 8, 2012
Yesterday was a banner day in the tech biz as Apple unveiled their third generation tablet device to an eager audience and overall market. Apple’s much admired/discussed ability to keep mum on new products and features notwithstanding, the actual device they’ve released is largely a reflection of what the market and consumers hoped for and expected and includes the following key features: High-rez retina display (2048x1536 with 3.1 Will this latest iteration of the iPad prove to be as revolutionary as the original iPad or the iPad2 on the learning industry? Or does it really matter?
New Podcast - "This Week in mLearning"
APRIL 3, 2012
I'm pleased to share details about a new social venture I'm supporting with my friend and colleague, RJ Jacquez ; namely, a weekly podcast titled This Week in mLearning. For those who don't know him (and you should), RJ is an " Über " bright and insightful T-n-D professional, an avid blogger, a budding author, an app designer and one of the recognized talents in our growing industry.
mLearning Tech A’plenty Released at CES 2011
JANUARY 7, 2011
It is the first week in January and the annual International CES (“Consumer Electronics Show”) is in full swing out in Las Vegas – just as if Santa Claus came twice within a two-week period for gadget freaks and tech nerds alike. This year’s event is as big as ever with 100K+ attendees roaming through 2,700 vendor booths across multiple sites. And many of these advances drive the potential and increase the affordances of mobile learning and performance support across the enterprise. Better Devices. Way Faster Networks.
mLearning Feature Sets: Possibilities Wide & Deep
OCTOBER 31, 2010
It has certainly been a "month of Sundays" since I last posted to this blog and I offer apologies for not sharing more throughout what has proved to be a very busy and productive summer and fall season. In our experience, enterprise customers serving the exact same markets will often select and apply vastly different feature sets to achieve their own stated mlearning goals and objectives.
GeoLearning Acquired by SumTotal: The mLearning Impact?
JANUARY 5, 2011
The enterprise learning market witnessed another big consolidation event today as SumTotal Systems announced it acquired GeoLearning thus further positioning SumTotal as the largest platform provider for LMS and talent management solutions in the industry. According to leading analyst Josh Bersin , the combined entity will grow SumTotal's "total market share to 12.5%. Interesting news indeed.
2010: mLearning Year in Review
DECEMBER 27, 2010
A.K.A. How our January 2010 Predictions Played Out! As we reach the first anniversary of this blog’s introduction, we thought we’d take stock and figure out how things are going by revisiting our list of predictions for enterprise mobile learning in 2010. On balance, it was an interesting year and there were far more expected outcomes than there were actual surprises. Validated (“Double”).
"This Week in mLearning" Podcast: Week #2
APRIL 15, 2012
We've put the finishing touches on our second weekly podcast detailing all the happenings in the mobile learning field for the week of April 9, 2012 and you can listen to RJ Jacquez and I talk about the week that was by clicking the link here. only wish I had paid attention enough in high school Spanish class so I could at least listen to each episode much less participate in any substantive way.
CellCast mSCORM Player Announced
JUNE 13, 2010
We're pleased to announce the availability of the CellCast mSCORM Player , the latest extension to our CellCast Solution platform for enterprise mobile learning delivery. This new functionality allows mobile workers to access learning content deployed as standard SCORM v1.2 and higher) and smartphones running Windows Mobile v6.1 and v6.5. CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO
Storyboarding for eLearning
Storyboarding is a very important step for creating eLearning courses. But don’t you feel it’s a waste of time to start creating the courses from scratch and copy-paste text and other objects from the storyboard to the eLearning tool for course development.
Dissecting Saba's New "Anywhere" Product for Mobile Learning
APRIL 14, 2010
I happened upon a tweet last week while trolling my Twitter in-box that heralded a product announcement from Saba for their new " Saba Anywhere " offering designed to make training delivery to mobile workers easy, practical and secure. If you're thinking this announcement and product branding meant the same thing to you as it did to me, a little further investigation would prove you wrong too!
CellCast App for BlackBerry 10
JANUARY 30, 2013
Oh what a difference a few years makes, eh? Our team has been involved in mobile learning for enterprise customers for almost a decade now on devices spanning basic feature phones in the beginning (think old Nokia handsets with voice only service) through simple smartphone devices (remember Windows Mobile?) popular four or five years ago.
Growth Accelerates CellCast Solution Innovations
JUNE 11, 2010
We're pleased to report the adoption and use of mobile learning by enterprise customers has been accelerating throughout first half of 2010 -- yeah!!; And as with any measurable change in market direction, this new-found momentum comes with advantages and challenges alike. The bigger the customer and/or engagement, the more revenue that deal can contribute and the easier it is for us to expand operations and assemble an even stronger team. And somehow we've completed three years worth of effort in a six month time frame (once again!) to stay ahead of current demands and stated requirements.
CellCast Takes Top Honors at DemoFest 2010
NOVEMBER 23, 2010
We're pleased to officially announce two awards for OnPoint's CellCast Solution gained from our recent participation in DemoFest 2010 held in conjunction with The eLearning Guild's annual DevLearn 2010 Conference in San Francisco. Our winning entry in the Sales Training category also was recognized as "Best in Show - Vendor" for the entire event.
Evaluating Training - Capturing the Benefits Aspects of ROI
Training evaluation is necessary and, in many ways, critical to the success of a business. But because short term priorities always seem to take precedence, it is typically something we plan to do better in the next course, or maybe next month, or even next year. After all, we’ve managed pretty well up to now, so surely another year can’t hurt!
Reflections on WES 2010
MAY 3, 2010
Our team just returned from a full week down in Orlando, Florida participating in Research in Motion’s 2010 Worldwide Enterprise Summit (“ WES ”) Conference which proved once again to be a spectacular event and learning experience for all in attendance. Participation at WES is open to anyone interested in “The World of BlackBerry” though this year’s attendees (6,000+ and up 20% from 2009!)
CellCast Solution Wins Gold Brandon Hall Award!
APRIL 30, 2010
We were pleased to learn yesterday that OnPoint's CellCast Solution won the Gold Award from Brandon Hall for 2009 in the "Best Advance in Technology for Mobile Learning Authoring " category. Click HERE to see the entire of winners and awarded prizes
CellCast Widget for iPad - The Video!
APRIL 6, 2010
I took the opportunity to do a live screen capture of our new CellCast Widget for Apple iPad today to better illustrate the key features and functionality we've included in our first release supporting Apple's revolutionary new tablet device. CLICK HERE to launch the demonstration video
CellCast Widget for iPad Released!
APRIL 3, 2010
It's officially iPad Launch Day and we're pleased to announce our CellCast Widget for iPad was included in the inaugural 1,000 applications shipped in support of Apple's revolutionary new tablet computing device. If you're lucky enough to already have your new iPad, we invite you to go to the App Store and download a free copy of our Widget and try it out.
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Publishing our CellCast Widget for iPad
MARCH 26, 2010
The rush has been on this week as our development team worked to design a new version of our CellCast Widget specifically for Apple's upcoming and much anticipated iPad tablet device. When Steve Jobs first introduced the iPad back in late January, he stated that existing Apple iPhone apps and games would work fine on the new platform and, generally speaking, he was correct.
"Don't Touch/Wet Paint!" - "E"-Learning Vendors Try to Go "M"
FEBRUARY 23, 2010
I had a good chuckle today after receiving my latest emailed copy of the eLearning Guild 's eLearningInsider update. linked feature story in the update that immediately caught my eye was titled " Best Practices for Creating Mobile Learning Content " and clicking that link shuttled me over to SumTotal's corporate web site where I registered to download their latest mobile-related white paper.
mLearning Content Types - Level 6: Rich Media
JANUARY 27, 2010
Level 6: Rich Media NOTE: This is part 7 of 7 and the conclusion of this continuing series; please see earlier posts for more background information. Level 6 is the final stage of the mlearning content model comprising rich-media formats such as podcasts or video, targeted firmly at the smartphone/netbook audience.
mLearning Content Types - Level 5: Courseware
JANUARY 26, 2010
Level 5: Content and Courseware NOTE: This is part 6 of 7 in a continuing series; please see earlier posts for more background information. For most people, Level 5 content is analogous to the more traditional “online learning” or "WBT" courseware – more interactive and lengthy lesson-based or object-based learning. access, encryption, security) services
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mLearning Content Types - Level 4: Reference
JANUARY 25, 2010
Level 4: Reference Materials & Static Content NOTE: This is part 5 of 7 in a continuing series; please see earlier posts for more background information. Level 4 formats include content typically considered “reference” or supplemental material; it is not specifically learning-oriented, though it often accompanies ILT events or online learning courseware. access, encryption, security) services
mLearning Content Types - Level 3: Voice
JANUARY 21, 2010
Level 3: Voice-based Content and Assessments NOTE: This is part 4 of 7 in a continuing series; please see earlier posts for more background information. Level 3 extends the mobile learning experience by providing users with anytime/anywhere access to audio-based content without needing a smartphone device or standard MP3/iPod-style media player.
mLearning Content Types - Level 2: SMS Campaigns
JANUARY 20, 2010
Level 2: Interactive Messaging NOTE: This is part 3 of 7 in a continuing series; please see earlier posts for more background information. Level 2 mLearning content broadens the core messaging capabilities found at Level 1 and enables two-way messaging campaigns to support additional mobile use cases such as mobile testing and surveys, basic data collection and even mobile entertainment.
mLearning Content Types - Overview & Intro
JANUARY 19, 2010
To assist regular readers of this site in better understanding what's possible in the mobile learning space, the next seven posts will all be part of a series exploring the various mLearning content types and delivery methods we are seeing in the enterprise space. There is no “one size fits all” solution in the mobile content arena.
5 Unknown Ways You're Wasting Your Training Budget
In the US alone, companies spend over $70 billion on corporate training and about $1000 on individual employees according to Bersin by Deloitte. When it comes to training budgets, leaders struggle to pinpoint what impact (if any) their training programs are having. So what's the result? Companies end up wasting millions of dollars each year on ineffective training practices.
mLearning Content Types - Level 1 Content
JANUARY 19, 2010
Level 1: Alerts and Notifications NOTE: This is part 2 of 7 in a continuing series; please see earlier posts for more background information. The simplest form of mlearning content delivery is via one-way/inbound electronic message and there are two popular options available: short message service (also known as “SMS” or “text messages”) and electronic mail (“email”).
mLearning Testing Tools & Methods
JANUARY 18, 2010
If you’re fortunate enough to have a highly structured and standardized delivery environment where everyone has the same BlackBerry Bold/9000 wireless handheld or your users have two or three different brands of Windows Mobile devices, your testing efforts can prove to be straight forward. But the bigger your audience is, the greater your challenge can become. So, what’s in your drawer? devices) d.
Picking the "Right" Smartphone for mLearning
JANUARY 10, 2010
In our role of assisting customers and partners with planning and deploying successful mobile project projects, one of the key requirements every team wrestles with is where they need to "set the bar" when determining the target mobile devices they'll need to reach and support. If the mobile audience is well defined, say the sales team and everyone has one of two different BlackBerry wireless handhelds configured the same and using the same carrier, your set of challenges is defined and well contained. The reason is simple: mobile devices -- especially smartphones -- were not created equal.
A Big Week for Smartphones
JANUARY 6, 2010
Everyone involved in mlearning -- from the learners themselves to the good folks designing and creating the content -- is set to benefit from the flood of positive news and announcements this week coming from both device OEMs and the wireless carriers. The net result : faster, cheaper and more capable devices as more easily adopted by mobile learners and enterprise workers and, when so equipped, they will help drive demand for more and better mobile learning. The Android movement takes another step leap! AT&T Adds Android & WebOS Devices. Apple's Tablet Emminent Debut.
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Media Encoding Tools for Mobile Learning
JANUARY 6, 2010
My friend and colleague Brent Schlenker posted a Tweet yesterday that both caught my attention and also quickly made the rounds through the SoMe ecosystem which read: Making Video Encoding Easy and Affordable with Encoding.com [link] This is VERY cool! mlearning #elearning The offering cited in the post is for a new cloud-based application/service called Encoding.com from a company of the same name. Now, there's a third and better option — encoding in “the cloud” wrapped within an “on demand, pay as you go” delivery model. Here's my quick take.
mLearning Presentations using Google Docs
JANUARY 4, 2010
A RT from Tim Martin at the Elearning Guild brought my attention to a blog posting by Wesley Fryer at Stormchasers about his use of Google Presentation -- part of the free cloud-based Google Docs service -- as a means of distributing mobile learning content to his ecosystem. Having used Google Docs for various business purposes in the past, I thought I'd give this use case another look and confirm for myself what others seemed so interesting in retweeting to the rest of the #mlearning followers. Playback of the content and rending of the images works perfectly fine.