Adam S. Brooks

technologist / geek . entrepreneur . marketer . presenter / speaker . developer . consultant . innovator . educator . community advocate . author . adambrooks.org

Designing e-learning / m-learning content for the mobile web user : Old web design principles revistied : 480 x 320 is the new 1024 x 768

You know, it’s funny that I ran across this article / blog discussion as we were discussing some of the same thoughts recently.

How do we achieve a balanced solution for mobile content and applications? The iPhone has really raised the bar for mobile web browsing, and most mobile devices will soon have high quality browsing even if the screen remains small. Similarly, the growth area in handhelds are so-called ‘converged’ devices: smartphones or wireless-enabled PDAs. Consequently, I propose it will be a plausible approach to start thinking of web apps as a delivery vehicle for mLearning. [Read More]

Basically, it’s the idea that mobile learning is reintroducing the old web design practices. We’re again considering the most common screen size options when designing content. So, though you may check to see how a web site or page looks on the low-end PC system at 800×600 or 1024×768, are you also testing your content to see how it renders on the mobile web? Without standard sizes, how do different devices change your site’s usability? AB
  

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PRIMA 2008 conference in Sea Trail at Sunset Beach, North Carolina : October 1st-3rd

I will be presenting on social networking and other technologies at this year’s PRIMA conference. The event occurs on October 1st through 3rd in Sea Trail at Sunset Beach, North Carolina. More information about the presentations and event is pending so stay tuned to the blog for details. PRIMA stands for "Public Relations, Information and Marketing Association" and is an organization for people who work in these areas at one of the 58 community colleges in North Carolina and the N.C. Community College System Office. – Adam Brooks
 

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Jordyn loses her 7th tooth! She’s so excited.


while taking a break from hiking, jordyn lost another tooth. i whipped out my phone and recorded this audio. obviously, she’s excited about it.
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Jordyn loses her 7th tooth! She’s so excited.

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while taking a break from hiking, jordyn lost another tooth. i whipped out my phone and recorded this audio. obviously, she’s excited about it.

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Jordyn and Daddy time — hiking in the woods


jordyn and i spent some time hiking this past weekend. i just recorded a little audio of her telling the story.
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Jordyn and Daddy time — hiking in the woods

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jordyn and i spent some time hiking this past weekend. i just recorded a little audio of her telling the story.

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AOL Rakes in Higher Page Views Following Redesign

But bucking the odds, the survivors at AOL finally seem to be reaping the gain from all that pain. Today, AOL announced that according to comScore stats, its heavily remodeled sites racked up record traffic in March. Page views on its programing sites were up 35 percent over last year and unique visitors climbed by 11 percent to 56.5 million in the month. [more]

You know, a site redesign on a failing model is like glamorous make-up on an ugly ex-girlfriend — a VERY temporary and quickly fleeting improvement. So, now how does AOL turn these15 mins into a rebirth of innovation? Profit? Does it? AB

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Online Education and The “Creepy Treehouse” Effect

In the field of educational technology a creepy treehouse is an institutionally controlled technology/tool that emulates or mimics pre-existing technologies or tools that may already be in use by the learners, or by learners’ peer groups. Though such systems may be seen as innovative or problem-solving to the institution, they may repulse some users who see them as infringement on the sanctity of their peer groups, or as having the potential for institutional violations of their privacy, liberty, ownership, or creativity. Some users may simply object to the influence of the institution. [more]

This is a great overview article of how the presence of adults, parents, teachers, and the "establishment" in web 2.0 tools is not necessarily welcomed by all students. The "Creepy Treehouse" is a dub term for time when we (educators) invade their (students) space. Funny but understandable. AB

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