Metcalf, Ph.D., is director of the Mixed Emerging Technology Integration Lab at
the University of
Institute for Simulation & Training. Formerly the chief learning
technologist at RWD Technologies, he led the development team for RocheDiagnosticsAcademy. Dr. Metcalf
joined RWD with the sale of his NASAKennedySpaceCenter laboratory
spin-off company – Merrimac. Prior to spin-off, he was the Lead Multimedia
Designer at NASA’s KennedySpaceCenter.
He was responsible for the management and operations of the award-winning
multimedia laboratory for various government contractors. The author of
numerous books and publications on the subject of mobile technology, he earned
his doctorate in information systems and can be reached at Metcalf@digital.net.
With the advent of mobile phones that can determine their location, scan and read bar codes, run software, and easily connect to the Web and to other mobile phones via the Internet cloud, new location-based learning strategies are just around the corner. Three leading experts in this area offer a brief overview of the technology, what’s possible now, and what will soon be available.
Wireless e-Learning is growing in importance as part of a blended learning solution. More important
than the technology is how you develop content and structure the learner’s experience. The “instant
learning” involved with wireless is more like performance support than training. It cannot be delivered
using the same techniques as other Web-delivered learning content.