This Week on #TalkTech: Mobile Learning Strategy, #EdTech apps for iPhone and ROI of #TinCanAPI

#TalkTech is the “flipped” approach to Twitter chats. We publish all the topics a few hours before the chat so you can show up at 3 pm EST / 12 pm PST on Thursdays ready to discuss.

We’re never at a loss for new tech news, apps, and interesting blogs to explore in our weekly chats. Take a look at what we have planned for this week:

Mobile learning design must be done for multiple screens.

Mobile learning design must account for multiple screens. Image courtesy of

Topic 1: Why is it important to develop a multiscreen mobile learning strategy?

We hear it every day from clients: if businesses have not already deployed iPads, they are planning to do so in the near future. No matter how advanced a “mobile learning strategy” companies have, most can see the benefit of iPads in the workplace. But RJ Jacquez raises some good points in his recent post: mobile learning designers must be thinking about all screens, not just the desktop and iPad. How should designers plan for the ever-expanding ecosystem of devices?

Topic 2: What are the best practices for designing educational apps?

The app store is PACKED with educational apps… and our love for apps shows no signs of slowing. We uncovered a fantastic post from wayyy back in (gasp) 2009 about designing educational apps that still has validity. Particularly if you are designing an internal app for your organization, these tips and tricks will help mobile learning development. To summarize the article, educational apps need:

  • Clear goals
  • Useful & engaging start up screen
  • Interesting gameplay
  • Meaningful interactions
  • Appropriate feedback
What do you think?

How to design good educational apps for the iPhone

Topic 3: How will TinCan API help us measure the effectiveness of training programs?

TinCan API is a new eLearning standard that looks to change the way we track and report eLearning (and all types of learning, really) data. It’s buzzing quite a bit on twitter, and we have spent significant time “under the hood” learning the ins and outs of TinCan, so we can communicate the benefits to our clients. In fact, our Knowledge Guru learning game engine is TinCan compliant… and we now offer Tin Can compliant custom development! But, what does that mean? And why does TinCan matter to businesses?

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