Sunday, April 15, 2012

"This Week in mLearning" Podcast: Week #2

We've put the finishing touches on our second weekly podcast detailing all the happenings in the mobile learning field for the week of April 9, 2012 and you can listen to RJ Jacquez and I talk about the week that was by clicking the link here.

The central theme for this week's episode was a discussion of the use of  "Mobile App vs. Mobile Web" for creating and delivery mobile learning but we also covered a variety of other topics including announcements like Google's new Project Glass initiative, ADL's Project Tin Can preview and recent rumblings from Adobe as to what we can expect in the upcoming Creative Suite 6/CS6 in foundational products like Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Flash and how these new features will help push the boundaries of possibility for mobile learning content creation and deployment.

While we're still trying to gain our footing in terms of pace and approach, the first couple of podcasts have been well received and we're appreciative of the comments and suggestions being offered by early listeners. RJ continues to perform double duty by recording a second weekly podcast in Spanish with Mayra Aixa Villar that is bringing benefit and knowledge to a whole other market...I only wish I had paid attention enough in high school Spanish class so I could at least listen to each episode much less participate in any substantive way. I know their episode "dos" will be posted by Monday, April 16th so watch (and listen) for that!

Finally, RJ is working to gain approval from Apple to release the weekly recordings to a broader audience via the iTunes App Store and we'll let everyone know when that's a reality.

#TWmLearning App of the Week

This week's choice for App of the Week is Snapguide, which bills itself as "the easiest way to make and share good looking guides".  This free App for iOS devices is quite cleaver and an excellent example of how compelling user generated content can be built on-the-fly using only an iPhone or iPad and easily shared with a broader audience.  Everything is KISS elegent here including and sign-up and friending process.

Thanks in advance for listening and please share any comments or ideas with me below so I can pass them on to my fellow podcast collaborators too.

Robert  ;?)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

New Podcast - "This Week in mLearning"

I'm pleased to share details about a new social venture I'm supporting with my friend and colleague, RJ Jacquez; namely, a weekly podcast titled This Week in mLearning.  We've already recorded and published our first episode and I welcome the readers of this blog to subscribe to this series where we hope to share leading news stories and happenings across the world of mobile devices and apps in general and Training and Development initiatives in particular.  

For those who don't know him (and you should), RJ is an "Über" bright and insightful T-n-D professional, an avid blogger, a budding author, an app designer and one of the recognized talents in our growing industry. He worked as Senior Product Evangelist at Adobe for several years before striking out on his own last December (see bio below).  He now focuses much of his energy and passion in the area of mobility/mLearning recognizing how important the tools, technologies and processes our industry is now developing will be to everyone's ability to learn and prosper now and in all the years to come. 

For my part, I serve as RJ's sidekick, technical jack-of-all-trades and resident humorist as best I can -- an Andy Richter to his Conan O'Brien if you will -- and will also help mold the conversation based on the practical implementations and experiences I've gained from working with my team here at OnPoint. Most of my experiences in mLearning have been gained through the school of "hard knocks" delivering commercial mobile learning solutions well beyond simply planning or consulting on same for a series of very progressive customers who have thrown caution to the wind and jumped into the deep end of the pool sometime long before these technologies or practices were ready; armed with those experiences, I hope to bring a unique spin to the conversation each week.  We are planning to present relevant news and tips about all things mobile, and also plan to have a variety of guests joining us from time to time to share their real world experiences and talk about new tools and methods too. It should prove to be fun, engaging and hopefully beneficial to all who invest their time to listen.  

RJ is also doing "double duty" by recording a podcast each week in Spanish too with Mayra Aixa Villar, another avid mLearning aficionado, blogger and tweeter who hails from Argentina! My Espanol is too rusty to get much from their conversations but I'll reason they will be just as interesting and compelling as anything I can contribute to.

You can connect to and subscribe to the podcast series via the following link:

This Week in mLearning

Finally, here's RJ's bio to learn more about him. 
My name is RJ Jacquez and I am a Former Adobe Senior Evangelist. I spent 6 years at Adobe Evangelizing existing products and launching new ones. I'm currently writing an eBook on what I learned and why companies need Passionate Evangelist in today' Social Media world. I'm honored to be among great company in the following lists and articles: 1) Top 25 Most Influential Bloggers in Technical Communications ( 2) Top 20 most influential tweeters in eLearning, training and HR ( 3) I was also mentioned in this article on Why Every Company Needs a Robert Scoble (infographic) for my work as an Adobe Evangelist ( Please follow me on Twitter @rjacquez