Let us start by saying that writing a blog post on mLearning hurdles is pretty tricky. And frankly the thought of skipping it did cross our minds. But we have decided to go with it anyway. Even at the risk of sounding cynical.
We all anticipated the launch of iPad 3 but probably we don’t need to spell out how limited we found the upgrades to be, considering Apple themselves couldn’t decide to give it a better name than the generic “The New iPad”. Not that we were over optimistic about Apple actually including the features we had in our wish list, as written in our previous post. But even then “The New iPad” was a tad disappointing for most, especially us in the eLearning industry. While Apple may be saying that the pre-orders were a sold out pretty soon, but for a larger section of people, it left much to be desired for.
The one strategy that everyone wants to get it right is mLearning? It is a space that is evolving so quickly that it is difficult to stay ahead of the curve and one has to be extremely cautious while making the choices. And one such choice is that of the device itself.
Just as we shared our thoughts less than a week back about the change iTunes U (See our earlier post – iTunesU and iAuthor may impact mLearning – sooner than you think) might be bringing to the world of mLearning (as we know it), we hear of other players jumping in the bandwagon. Samsung announces its plans to launch the Learning Hub in direct competition with Apple’s iTunesU.
iBook, iAuthors and the iTunesU from Apple, a great step towards changing the mLearning. For those who underestimated the announcement, this was a huge wake up call! Apple have been busy doing what they do best and that is innovating! Though targeted at schools and colleges and students right now, the impact that this could have on higher education companies, publishers, universities and colleges is mind boggling!
Launched with much fan fare and a vision to empower the students on a mass level, Akash—the tablet priced at $35—is a much debated product amongst the technologists.