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Mobile Learning is SO 10 Minutes Ago; Mobile Performance is Now! with Rich Mesch; January 17 January 30, 2013

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Rich Mesch presented on an interesting and timely topic this past e-learning SIG meeting – Mobile Performance. He went into the background of “mobile learning” and its short comings and drew a convincing comparisons with the mobile learning and the introduction of movies in the early 1900’s. People tend to relate what they know to a new technology initially, not pushing the boundaries in what the new technology can do. For instance, when movie cameras were first invented and used, directors never moved the cameras from one spot, mainly because cameras recorded plays, and this is what people knew. Not until the movie “The Great Train Robbery,” in 1903, did this change. The director realized that the camera didn’t have to be stationary, and once he moved the camera around during scenes, or showing different angles of the same scene, the film became an instant classic and set trends for future movies. Mobile learning is taking a similar path. The original thinking behind mobile learning was to just take current e-learnings and make them viewable on smart-phones and tablets. But, most people do not use our new mobile technology to learn like this. Dr. Mesch showed that the truly successful way to use mobile technology as learning is to have these devices serve mobile performance support. In other words, provide knowledge or information in small chunks, and in a “just-in-time” format that learners can use as support on-the-job. Dr. Mesch points out that people use mobile devices in short intense bursts; in down-time, such as between appointments; to retrieve information that may not be at their fingertips; and to get information that may be so current or time-sensitive, there’s no other way to get it other than right now. You can click the attachment to view the presentation.


Leaving ADDIE for SAM January 28, 2013

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Dr. Richard H. Sites, VP Client Services, Allen Interactions

Analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation (ADDIE) are all important steps in the design of effective e-learning applications or any learning program. While there have been many adaptations of ADDIE, many of them were made before we had today’s tools, challenges, and opportunities. As is being realized by the software industry with Agile, more radical process changes are now both needed and possible. Meet SAM (Successive Approximation Model). The benefits: More efficient and effective processes and superior learning experiences in less time.

In this in-person session, Dr. Richard Sites addresses the power of an iterative instruction design process, how product and process are tightly linked, and the basic challenges that face the modern day instructional designer. With key insights from his years of experience building and designing technology-based instructional products, Richard discusses key strategies to overcome design and project hurdles through an iterative process.

Richard H. Sites is vice president of client services at Allen Interactions and the co-author of Leaving ADDIE for SAM from ASTD Press. He has spent the past 15 years designing and implementing web-based training and tools to support improved workplace performance. His efforts have been in both academia and private industry, including working with many Fortune 500 companies. He is Vice President of Client Services for Allen Interactions Inc., where he is responsible for promoting value-driven consulting and design throughout all Allen Interactions partnerships. He holds a doctorate of education from the University of West Florida along with a master’s of education and a bachelor’s of business administration.

ASTD PHL – eLearning SIG

Date/Time: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


LaSalle University MetroPlex 
4000 Chemical Road
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

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Mobile Learning is SO 10 Minutes Ago; Mobile Performance is Now! with Rich Mesch January 7, 2013

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Program Description:
Mobile learning is on everybody’s to-do list, and why not? Who wouldn’t want learning that follows you everywhere? But like so many emerging technologies, we need to look past the gloss of the possible to the reality of the useful. When we deliver learning to a mobile device the same way we deliver it to a desktop computer, we miss the point of having a mobile device to begin with.

People “learn” from their mobile devices all the time, they just don’t call it training. Whether they’re pulling sports scores, GPS-ing the next leg of their trip, or sending some quick texts, people use their mobile devices to gain knowledge–and we need to leverage the methods our audience is already using. They use mobile devices:

•         In short intense bursts
•         In down-time, such as between appointments
•         To retrieve information that may not be at their fingertips, or
•         To get information that may be so current or time-sensitive, there’s no other way to get it other than right now.

We need to look at not what we can teach people on a mobile device, but rather how we can use mobile devices to provide information to help them perform better. The goal of this session is to overcome the hype and misinformation surrounding mobile learning, and focus on how this technology can help the workforce become more effective. We’ll explore why most mobile learning is ineffective, and why mobile content needs to be rethought based on how people use mobile devices.

About the Speaker:Rich Mesch

Rich Mesch has been working in the field of experiential and contextualized learning for 25 years. He has designed and implemented solutions for dozens of Fortune 1000 companies in all industries. His projects have won several awards, including multiple Brandon Hall Excellence Awards, the New Media Invision Award for Simulation, the New York Festivals Silver Medal, and the HR Executive Top 10 Products.

He is a frequent conference presenter, having spoken on experiential and contextualized learning at the ASTD International Conference, ASTD TechKnowledge, TechLearn, eLearning Guild Learning Solutions, SPBT, Interactive Learning Conference, and the Linkages Conference on Leadership. He has published articles in Training Magazine, Focus Magazine, and Technology for Learning Newsletter. He is currently the Senior Director, Strategy & Innovation for Performance Development Group in Malvern, PA.


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