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Virtually There: Defining the Modern Learner Experience

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Aug 6, 2015 10:07:00 PM

Where and when is the modern classroom?

Let me ask you a question. Can you define mobile learning?

Is “mobile learning” a learning technology, a design technique, or something else completely? The fact is, the definition of mobile learning is “on the move.” (See what I did there? No? Read it again.) And that is representative of all of the aspects of the modern learning landscape.

The last decade has introduced myriad new technologies and methodologies to our toolkits. But this evolution in learning has been messy. Virtualization has resulted in being able to learn almost anywhere, almost any time, and in many, many ways.

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Topics: BYOD, Virtual Classroom, Mobile Virtual Classroom & Mobile Learning, Global Virtual Classroom, Social Learning, Modern Learning

Creating the Mobile Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jul 14, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Mobile LearningTraining Magazine Network Session Recap

Training Magazine Network kindly invited me to present Creating the Mobile Virtual Classroom for their audience on June 23, 2015. The event was a huge success - attendance was high and interactivity was off the charts thanks to the wonderful promotion by Training Magazine Network. We had many of our "regular" InSync BYTE attendees participate as well which is always great.

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Topics: BYOD, Mobile Virtual Classroom & Mobile Learning, Virtually There

Virtually There: Creating the Mobile Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Apr 16, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Learning on tablets and mobile devicesWe need to focus on the differences in the mobile interface and the engagement techniques used to create interaction and collaboration on a mobile device.

It seems like everyone’s talking about mobile learning, or m-learning, these days. And it’s no surprise, as tablets and smart phones are everywhere. So, how does m-learning relate to the live virtual classroom?

If you think back to the early days of the virtual classroom, this should feel familiar to you. When the virtual classroom first was introduced in the 1990s, the training community assumed it would be just like the traditional classroom.

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Topics: BYOD, Mobile Virtual Classroom & Mobile Learning

Get Real! Using the Virtual Classroom to Teach Authentically

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Feb 16, 2015 12:00:00 PM

The face-to-face classroom is often considered to be the BEST environment in which to deliver training, and when that option isn’t logistically or economically feasible it's only then that we look to the virtual classroom as the runner-up option.

Well, I’ve got a secret. Did you know that some performance objectives are best suited for delivery in the virtual classroom?  And some performance objectives are best taught in the MOBILE virtual classroom?

Hard to believe, right?

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Mobile Virtual Classroom & Mobile Learning

Why Do Learners Choose the Mobile Virtual Classroom?

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Nov 11, 2014 11:37:00 AM

mobile virtual classroomWhen we are talking about mobile learning, mLearning, or BYOD, what usually comes to mind is self-paced eLearning. Just in time content makes sense on mobile devices like tablets and smart phones. As learners become accustomed this, they naturally expect live virtual learning can occur the same way.

Let’s face it – today’s global, on-the-go workforce doesn’t stand still. We aren’t in one place long enough to commit to multi-day, all-day programs. Often, we don’t even know where we might be working when we commit to a class. Learners in these situations rely on mobile devices to access email, attend meetings, and access content. It is natural for them to assume they can also learn on these devices as well.

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Topics: Mobile Virtual Classroom & Mobile Learning

Mobile Learning, the Live Virtual Classroom and a Cup of Java

Posted by Anna Heinrich on Apr 21, 2014 1:00:00 PM

At a recent conference, I attended a number of great sessions on mobile learning (popularly known as 'mLearning'). Since then, during my daily visits to my local coffee emporium, I have been thinking about mobile learning’s place among the many different learning strategies available to us, especially the idea of a mobile virtual classroom.

Learning in a coffee shop
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Topics: BYOD, Mobile Virtual Classroom & Mobile Learning