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M-Learning and Gaming – Fad or the Future?

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Ron Edwards and Sarah Lindsell, two of the world's foremost minds on mobile learning and learning gaming, aim to help training professionals cut through the hype about using these technologies for learning.

Ron Edwards is the managing director of Ambient Performance, specialises in innovative learning and in the application of leading edge technology.

His presentation: “Podcasting, blogs and on-line worlds” puts the world's latest communications phenomena under the spotlight to see whether they measure up for use in corporate learning.

Edwards said: “We are in the midst of a phenomena as evidenced by millions of people participating in blogs, podcasts, wikis, media sharing, social networking and virtual worlds, while the strong growth of increasingly convergent mobile devices, mp3 players, game consoles, smart phones and handheld GPSs, are enabling media rich read-write access to the web for people on the move.

“In my session at Learning Technologies I'll be discussing these new technology trends and how to use them in for corporate learning and performance support.”

Sarah Lindsell is head of the Learning Technology Group, an international team responsible for all aspects of the use of technology in learning within PricewaterhouseCoopers. The group's remit encompasses the design, development and implementation of global e-learning solutions, use of virtual classrooms and implementation of Learning Management Systems.

Her session “Games are addictive - why isn't learning?” will look at: the similarities and differences between gaming and learning; digital natives and the myth of the geek gamer; simulations as a key strength for experiential learning; types of games and how they fit modes of learning; examples of successful games-based learning.

* The Learning Technologies conference takes place on 31 January and 1 February. The complete conference programme, full speaker and session details, and booking information can be found at http://www.learningtechnologies.co.uk/conference/conference.cfm

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