With the eLearning Guild’s signature conference this week many of us will be converging on the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas to see the latest buzz in the learning world. Without doubt the hottest buzz is on mLearning and all that it entails including how to design, develop and deliver for the mobile platform, as well as the ongoing HTML 5 vs. “Everything Else” battle. Last year HTML 5 was up against Flash and now that it has won that battle (not a fair fight since Adobe pulled support for Flash on Mobile quite some time ago) it seems its only enemies are those professionals who are dragging their feet and not embracing this current, new and evolving standard. More on this topic in a separate future post.
Also SaaS LMS offerings are all the rage these days and already Docebo and Docnito have issued press releases touting their brand new, completely flexible SaaS offerings. Vendors pushing for SaaS so convincingly should tell the learning professional at least one thing, it is that the companies who design and develop learning systems are doing away with customizations and trying to fit every customer into a “one box fits all” design. Sure they will have numerous configuration choices for customers, but the overall architecture and workflows will not be all too flexible and this may turn away many large enterprise customers, or those with inflexible workflows.
I am curious to see the new players and their wares. My particular interests lie in tools/vendors that can create/convert compelling content for mobile, and have a good understanding of the various mobile handset/tablet platforms, meaning they understand how to develop to not just iOS devices, but also to Android, Windows RT/8, Blackberry and also to the desktop.
Also of importance to me is to look at technology that supports informal and social learning, implementing useful functionality to not only support these types of interactions, but also promote them.
And in closing, what value would going to this show be without looking at Tin Can and how it is being adopted/integrated by the authoring tool and learning management community. Building a learning system centered on Tin Can and supporting the various learning actions it supports sounds like a pretty good way of future proofing your system for down the road….at least until things change again tomorrow