‘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
The problem – low levels of numeracy Up to 10% of recruits couldn’t move on Army deprived of otherwise talented soldiers
What we found out about the learners • Engagement is key • Alternative computational methods • Language gets in the way • Cognitive overload leads to ‘switch off’
Why mobile technology? • Provides immediate feedback • Offers opportunistic learning • Whenever/wherever • Inspires repeat attempts • Urges mental methods • Familiar/comfortable
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.”
The learning requirements • Refresher training 2. Immediate performance support
Best use of mobile learning: ‘Operation Numerika’ Dr Naomi Norman email@example.com Director of Learning, Epic www.epic.co.uk Join our debate at www.elearningdebate.com