Learning Unplugged, Edition: 1st by Diane Gayeski

By Diane Gayeski

This advisor explains the functionality and alertness of instant applied sciences and cellular units for education, communications and function administration. It includes checklists for comparing and launching platforms and contains comparisons of recent applied sciences, in addition to details on growing and tailoring media and content material for brand new units. It additionally positive factors lists of assets for software program, purposes and providers.

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The biggest challenges were the small screen, no audio (for the Palm OS, although this is changing soon), and a lack of standardized platforms being supported in the corporate environment. The biggest hurdle was buy-in from corporate clients that this is a viable and complementary learning platform that enhances their existing e-learning infrastructure. What advice would you give to fellow training, business performance, and communications professionals with regard to getting into the use of mobile devices?

Gaining confidence, I soon turned my attention to the built-in programming tools and rapidly learned how to write short applications to help automate 26 / Learning Unplugged my work on the ward. By the time I started in anesthetics, I had built up a good basic knowledge of OPL. When I was presented with a paper-based logbook, I quickly set about making an electronic version, which I realized would be a far more efficient way to collate all the information for my tutors. With the release of the Psion Series 5, I set about adapting my logbook to suit the new operating system, and when I finished, I posted the program on the Web as freeware.

A central database resides on the device; however, we also build data conduits to send data back to the desktop or Web server to be recorded in a central location and evaluated. How long does it typically take to design and deploy such an application? One twenty-minute application can be designed, developed, and tested in four weeks. This time frame may vary depending on the complexities of the databases and conduits to be built. What were the biggest challenges or unexpected hurdles? The biggest challenges were the small screen, no audio (for the Palm OS, although this is changing soon), and a lack of standardized platforms being supported in the corporate environment.

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