Apple’s New Device…Let’s Be Careful with wLearning

So Apple launched a new watch which is, I admit, very cool looking and something many people have wanted since they first read a Dick Tracy comic book.

Already I have seen cries for incorporating the watch into some type of training…the cries are not for a specific type of training…it’s just that the watch is cool…so automatically it should be used for training—any type of training….let’s just use that watch for Pete’s sake…use the watch for learning, it’s a natural.

Slow down, please just slow down.

This is one of those times when we need to be careful. Let’s find a real problem that needs to be solved and then use the watch to solve that real problem. Too many times in this field we see something cool and we throw it toward training in hopes that it will stick.

I am sure there will be many chances to use this type of watch intelligently but let’s think through those ideas first before we jump on the watch as the “ultimate” mobile learning device.

wLearning…it’s on it’s way. But let’s do it intelligently.

Find the one right, perfect use for the watch and then build a learning program around it. Don’t start with the cool gadget and “find” a need.

Let’s first look at our other learning or training interventions and figure out what works there and what doesn’t work before we invent WLearning (watch learning).

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  1. Paul Clothier September 17, 2014

    Thanks Karl. These are often the cries from those who still haven’t figured out how to create effective eLearning and mLearning. It must be the technology!

  2. Ryan Tracey September 16, 2014

    Excellent advice, Karl.
    Have you seen “Bendito Machine III” ?

    • Karl Kapp September 17, 2014

      Ryan, I have not checked out Bendito Machine III but I’ll need to. Thanks for pointing me in that direction.

  3. Santhosh Kumar September 12, 2014

    Absolutely agree, Karl! Though there are many possibilities where wLearning would make sense (especially in Embedded Performance Support), it’s important to find a ‘real’ problem first to decide if this technology could help offer the ‘right’ solution.

    Thanks for the post.

  4. Jared Ferreira September 10, 2014

    Great article Dr. Kapp! Good points for us ID’ers and eLearning specialists to keep in mind.