Not all the capabilities that have been visualised in the scenario are now possible, although many of them are in the pipeline and should be main stream in 5 to 6 years time.
The pragmatic option would be to start small. Pick up one of the capabilities possible now with G3 phones, pilot / trial this and evaluate and learn from the experience to further bring mlearning further on into the future scenario.
To make things less complicated, I am keen to pursue the following:-
- Get more of the staff at CPIT involved in brainstorming how the pilot could proceed
- Ensure that staff who will be involved in teaching the pilot receive training and education on elearning teaching techniques
- Try to find support software that will allow mlearning to be mainstreamed into the current elearning capabilities at CPIT in a seamless manner
- Try to have the pilot sponsored by either a telecommunications provider or a smart phone retailer or a software developer. This means that all the students will be on one platform, ensuring that all the students start with access to the same features on their phone.
- Choose a learning outcome that will be quantifiable in order to test the efficacy of the mlearning delivery
- Ensure that all the students receive training or information on how to get the most out of the phone and out of mlearning
- Evaluate the pilot thoroughly to work out the glitches and improve on the strengths that percolate out of the project.
Be prepared to be flexible! The technology for mlearning delivery is still unfamiliar territory but the philosophies underlying the teaching and learning process are sound (or at least something we have more experience with). So the next step is to figure out a suitable topic for the pilot.