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‘Be the best’ Mobile learning and the Army. Dr Naomi Norman Director of Learning, Epic. The problem – low levels of numeracy. The problem – low levels of numeracy. Up to 10% of recruits couldn’t move on Army deprived of otherwise talented soldiers . Classroom approach wasn’t working.

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‘Be the best’Mobile learning and the Army

Dr Naomi Norman

Director of Learning, Epic



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The problem – low levels of numeracy

Up to 10% of recruits couldn’t move on

Army deprived of otherwise talented soldiers




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What we found out about the learners

  • Engagement is key

  • Alternative computational methods

  • Language gets in the way

  • Cognitive overload leads to ‘switch off’


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Why mobile technology?

  • Provides immediate feedback

  • Offers opportunistic learning

  • Whenever/wherever

  • Inspires repeat attempts

  • Urges mental methods

  • Familiar/comfortable






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Using the Nintendo to learn maths is great - it makes it less hard work and more like a game – ‘specially as you can try to beat your last score and you're playing against the clock. The picture questions are best - they make maths almost exciting!”

“You’ve got to have excitement, whatever you’re doing. If not, your mind’s going to switch off and you’re just going to get bored and it’s just not going to happen.”

“I can’t sit there and read … I learn by doing things……I sit and play....that’s how I do it…I do it all the time.”



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The learning requirements

  • Refresher training

    2. Immediate performance support






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Best use of mobile learning: ‘Operation Numerika’

Dr Naomi Norman [email protected]

Director of Learning, Epic www.epic.co.uk

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