Discussion 2: iPads


I currently work for a company that (among other things) trains high numbers of the public and workplaces in standard skills.  The courses run from one to eight days.  The delivery model is basically a third-party delivery model where the participants are taught by training partners.  It would be challenging in this environment to fully utilize iPads as the audience is in constant flux and the delivery of training is done in thousands of locations to small groups.

Having said that, in a previous organization, we trained police and military personnel for deployment in peace operations around the world.  There is a huge potential for iPads which would require a huge investment that would have huge payoffs.  Through the connected nature of this type of distance education, the facilitation and instructional teams of the centre will be able to adapt and remain flexible to changing circumstances, incorporating the needs and experiences of the participants into the learning activities.  By remaining connected with the participants through a simple medium such as the iPad, the instructional teams are able to ensure that the instruction is dynamic and responsive to all circumstances.

Additional to the above reasons, by providing the participants with the tools (technology) necessary to be successful and learn while in post-conflict situations, they are also being provided with the additional resource of colleagues in other areas that may be facing similar challenges.  This additional networking and connecting is important to the participants’ abilities to address changing situations that may be un-thought of or un-experienced by the facilitation and instructional teams that are unable to be in the same area.

As the centre is currently in a transitionary state, the potential exists to engage funders and redefine the interaction between the them and the PPC, as well as the interactions and collaboration between funders on various projects.  While facilitating the collaboration between funders, the PPC is able to more accountable to them as well as the participants as they are able to show constant feedback through the use of the devices; the PPC is able to show the ongoing development and learning of the participants and therefore express to the funders the return on their investment (taken from a paper I wrote early on in my MET career on the potential of mobile learning through the iPad).



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