How and Why Dow Converted a PC-based eLearning Course to an iBook

Conference Archive

mLearnCon 2012 - June 21, 2012

Sharon Boller

President and Chief Product Officer
Bottom-Line Performance

Karla Simpson

Technology Transfer Coordinator
Dow Agro Sciences

There are three main challenges to creating and implementing mLearning in organzations. Number one is the existence of courses that aren’t “mobile-friendly” in their current state … but that need to be for future-state access via iPads. Number two is the fact that tablet users aren’t always connected – even though we’re all led to believe they are. Number three is distribution – how do you get learning solutions onto learners’ iPads when you aren’t using a Web app?

Participants in this case-study session will learn about one course that needed to go mobile … and how Dow AgroSciences used iBook as the answer to the three challenges above. You’ll get an overview of Dow’s business environment and the target learners who have limited connectivity, a view of the original eLearning course (created in Articulate), and a demonstration of the mobile solution built using iBook Author.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Various alternatives to making a desktop course “mobile” and the pro’s and con’s of different options.
  • The challenges of converting an interactive eLearning course to a mobile solution using iBook
  • A design process to use when “re-purposing” content from an eLearning course to an iBook
  • The power and pitfalls of iBook Author templates and widgets

Audience: Intermediate designers, developers, managers, and executives who are interested in seeing a real-life solution to common implementation barriers.

Technology discussed in this session: iPad, iBook, Articulate.


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