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22 March 2010

Learning Tools

Clark @ 8:49 AM

Owing to sins in my past, I not only am speaking on mobile learning at the eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions conference e-Learning Foundations Intensive session, but also introduced the tools section.  The tools will be covered by smart folks like Patti Shank, Harry Mellon, Steve Foreman, and Karen Hyder, but I was supposed to set the context.

Now, I talked about a number of things, including vendors, total cost of ownership, tradeoffs, and the development process, but I also included the following diagram attempting to capture the layers of systems that support tools, and both formal and informal. In some ways the distinctions I make are arbitrary (not to say abstract :), but still, I intended this to be a useful characterization of the space:

The point here is that on top of the hardware and systems are applications. There are assets (with media tools) you create that can (and should) be managed, and then they’re aggregated into content whether courses or resources, that are accessible through synchronous or asynchronous courses or games, portals or feeds, and managed whether through an LMS or a Social Networking System.

The graphic was hard to see on the screen (mea culpa), so I’ve reproduced it here.  Does this make sense?


  1. I like the components of the system but I wonder if there is a need to show that informal assets can be used formally and vice versa. I know it’s hard to show everything in a single model ;)

    Comment by Harold Jarche — 22 March 2010 @ 12:23 PM

  2. I’d swap a few things around, but this strikes me as the “systems stack” for learning.


    Comment by Jay Cross — 3 May 2010 @ 11:18 PM

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