It has been roughly two months since I left Adobe and I could not be happier with every aspect of my life. People ask me all the time what I’m going to do next and for the most part I say I still don’t know exactly, and then in a more serious note, I say that things are becoming more clear every day. I am going through this great exploratory phase where I embrace every opportunity that comes my way. I’m learning a great deal of new things and meeting great, supportive people along the way.
From everything I’m doing and Blogging about, there are certain topics that I’m clearly more passionate about. One of those topics is this mobile thing we are witnessing.
There’s no denying that we are in the midst of a mobile revolution that requires new ways of thinking about developing content and about meeting the ever-growing expectations we have as mobile users. This revolution needs new leaders and innovators, as well as new tools (or at least highly customized versions of existing ones). Mobile in general also requires new user experiences that in my opinion are very different from their desktop counterparts.
This mobile revolution is drastically changing everything we do today, from the way we shop and find the best deals; to how we consume the news and the way we communicate with people around the world. And yes, mobile is also changing the way we are thinking about Learning and developing the next generation of courses, most of us are calling this mobile learning or mLearning.
Just today a new statistic came out stating that less that 10% of the web today is mobile-ready and I would imagine that number drops dramatically when it comes to learning content being mobile-ready.
I don’t know about you, but I want to be an integral part of this revolution as it happens, and so today, I would like to share some new things I am doing as I ‘Blog the Mobile Learning Revolution’ in real time.
1) I’m officially changing the title of this Blog from Trends in eLearning and mLearning to The Mobile Learning Revolution Blog. It’s a subtle change but an important one nevertheless. The more I blog about different things, the more I realize that every time I talk about mobile, be it through statistics or Trends to watch, or educational apps I try, or even Interviews I do, I always get passionate about the topic. Furthermore, if I analyze what most of my Readers respond to and ReTweet the most, data shows that it’s these mobile topics that are at the top, so I think this new focus will resonate well with you, too.
2) I’m also launching a new Facebook page for my blog HERE. Over the weekend, I read this great article entitled 10 Social Media Tips for Bloggers and tip #2, specifically got me excited about launching a Facebook page for my Blog. I’ve been thinking about how to best use Facebook and then I read this article and thought what a great idea. My plan isn’t however to just broadcast my blog posts on Facebook, but rather to use the threaded conversations feature, to share and test thoughts and ideas that are trending for me. This is something I do on Twitter and when I see that something picks up steam because it’s compelling, I then head over to my blog for a more thorough post. What can you do now? You can navigate to this page and ‘Like’ it and let’s start collaborating on different ideas around mobile learning.
3) Finally, I’m also launching a new Blog, specifically for sharing my experience as an Evangelist. One thing I have learned as I slowly write my eBook on what I learned at Adobe and why companies need passionate Evangelists in the new Social Web, is that the best way to stay on track and motivated about writing a book is through a dedicated Blog. Having said that, I started a new Blog here: http://www.techevangelistblog.com/ At the time of this writing, I’m still working on the first post, but if you are interested in what I have to say about being an Evangelist, Social Media and Blogging, you can subscribe now.
So there you have it, from now on when someone asks me what I am doing, I will answer with “I’m Blogging the Mobile Learning Revolution as it happens.”
I hope you join me.