Today ELC interviews a mLearning thought leader RJ Jacquez. We first met RJ when he was an Adobe evangelist and are thrilled to get his thoughts on the rapidly changing mLearning arena. If you'd like more information from RJ, please go to his blog at http://rjacquez.com
ELC: RJ, for our readers, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
RJ Jacquez: Sure. I spent the last 12 years of my career working as an Evangelist for various companies, including eHelp, the original makers of RoboDemo, which later became Captivate. I also worked for Macromedia and more recently for Adobe Systems, for the last 6 years
Since leaving Adobe last year, I have been focusing entirely on Mobile Learning (mLearning). I call myself an mLearning Analyst, Podcaster, Blogger and Consultant, focusing on all-things mLearning.
Post by Sanjay Nasta
The Teaching Apps Project (TAP) is an international competition event to help facilitate the creation, development, and sharing of teaching apps for mobile devices. The purpose of TAP is to create an open source library of lesson plans and resources for mobile teaching.
Interested individuals or multicultural teams submit “teaching app profiles” for professional review during the open submission period called a Competition Cycle. There are competition cycles every ninety days beginning January 1, 2013.
Each teaching app profile is judged and awarded points based on its applicability to mobile teaching. The profile receiving the most points during the cycle receives a first place award for the school of the participant. Additional awards for individual participants are also available.
For participation guidelines, go to http://mobileteaching.org/ and follow the link in Article Resource Section 7.
Today E-Learning Council interviews Mayra Aixa Villar, an instructional designer from Argentina who is focused on helping organizations harness the potential of mobile for learning solutions. Mayra first came to our attention because of posts on ASTD's blog on the Fundamental Considerations for Designing mLearning solutions.
ELC: Mayra, can you tell me a bit about yourself?
Mayra: I started to research e-learning in 2009, the research was part of my M.A. thesis on Applied Linguistics (sub-field Computer Assisted Language Learning) and this allowed me to be appointed by the United Nations to evaluate some eLearning and instructor-led courses as an intern in 2010. That year, I also prepared some interactive presentations and I started to learn how to use rapid elearning authoring tools such as Articulate Studio and Adobe Captivate. Last year, it was pretty intensive as I could apply the knowledge and skills acquired to real projects, and I worked as a freelance Instructional Designer for two IT companies here in Argentina. So, ID has been a step-by-step process for me (I have also been teacher/instructor since 2004).
ELC: Last year you got interested in Mobile.
Mayra: Yes, at the end of last year.
ELC: What got you interested in mobile learning?
Mayra: I am finishing my MA thesis now and then I want to pursue a PhD in Educational Technology and I want to focus on mLearning for e-inclusion (M4D) in developing countries.
ELC: Great! I'm from India originally and have seen the explosion of mobile, especially low bandwidth mobile, in India. Is it similar in Argentina and South America?
Mayra: Absolutely! I have been reading local and international research papers that show that mobile technologies can help to improve people´s education dramatically in those countries.