Accessible Workplace Learning Using Mobile Technology Mohamed Ally Rory McGreal Tony Tin Steve Schafer CNIE Conference, Ottawa May 2009
Workplace Learning • Learning to improve performance in the workplace. • Learning can take place in-house or in the field using a variety of delivery methods and technologies.
What is mobile learning? • Use of mobile devices such as mobile phones, handhelds, PDAs, iPhone 3G, etc to facilitate training, teaching and learning and access electronic learning resources.
Mobile Training • Mobile training (M-Training) is the use of mobile technology to deliver electronic training courses and materials to workers anywhere and anytime. • Workplace becomes virtual • Workers are mobile • Workers telecommute
Why use Mobile Learning? • Access from remote locations • Workers can learn from anywhere • Workers can learn at anytime • Organizations and trainers can share training materials to reduce developmental cost • Training materials are easy to update
Why use Mobile Learning? (cont’d) • Instant delivery of training • Updates received immediately • Workers already have mobile devices • Cater for different learning styles • Training is more learner-centered
Learning Materials Development • Break content into small chunks • Design as learning objects • Store in repositories for easy access • Metatagged, retrieved, rediscovery and reused
AU Mobile Learning Projects • M-library: CLA Library Research and Development Award 2007 • Mobile ESL training: CNIE Excellence & Innovation in Use of Learning Technology Award (Honourable Mention) 2008 CBC Coverage
Mobile Workplace English Project • Build on the success of Mobile ESL project • Improve workplace communication • Provide practical and useful vocabulary • Introduce relevant situations http://wpeau.ca
Technology • Learning contents designed and optimized for Iphone use
Workplace specific grammar Mobile ESL Mobile WorkPlace English
Multimedia Features -audio • Vocabulary lists • Dialogues • Audio questions
Multimedia Features -video • Health and Wellness video followed by interactive questions
Research Project • Sixteen adult students attending a college participated in the study • Most of the students were between 18 and 25 years • Fifty-seven percent of students had never used a mobile device
What is next? • Accent reduction training on mobile devices • iPhone applications in learning
Further Information • Website: Mobile Library: http://library.athabascau.ca/ Mobile ESL http://eslau.ca Mobile Workplace English http://wpeau.ca • Publications:Ally, M. (2009). Mobile Learning: Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training. AU Press.