The iPad is here, Now What?
The iPad provides us with both challenges as well as opportunities.
What are the Challenges?
- Difficult to connect to the corporateintranet, and maintain security, requiring a mobile enterprise application platform (MEAP, provides cross-platform compatibility).
- Screen is smaller (9”) than a normal laptop or desktop (15” – 21”)
- Digital keyboard is smaller than standard size keyboard and no more mouse. Consider external keyboard.
- The browser does not support Adobe Flash which most eLearning and websites currently use to provide interactivity.
- HTML5 is only supported by IE8 and above. As a result if you have courses that need to be used by people on a desktop or laptop at headquarters, you need to make sure that you internet explorer version is IE8 or higher.
- You may have some off-the-shelf content from companies like ElementK that is no longer compatible with the iPad.
- Compliance, legal, regulatory will always be a challenge!
What are the Opportunities?
- Provide quick access to media libraries (document, videos, and audio files). This has been referred to as “Finger-Tip Learning”. Some examples of this type of application, check out TED, WebMD, and HSW(how stuff works).
- We have an opportunity to redesign our learning applications using the iPad navigational tools. The iPad allows for kinesthetic learning because it allows for touch with the environment. (e.g. slide, pinch)
- Augment reality as either a performance augment or an learning augment. (assessing performance through simulations, gaming .. etc.). A good example of this is Yelp and Star Walk. Yelp allows you to hold up your iPad and point you to local restaurant. It can then tell you about the restaurant. Consider how this type of application can be used to support a sales force looking for potential customers. Star Walk allows you to point you iPad towards the sky and using the GPS and database of stars and planets, the application will provide a window to the heavens.
- Leverage the built in input devices that include: camera, GPS, compass, and gyroscope/accelerometer.
- Develop a spaced practice model to compliment formal elearning or live classroom events. Spacing practice improves retention and recall.
- Bar codes or other readers for tracking or providing information on demand (airport check-in) Social collaboration (MSLync, Yammer)