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Apple iBeacons for Just-in-time Learning

206 Apple iBeacons for Just-in-time Learning

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Tuesday, June 24


Marina 5

Apple has recently introduced support for indoor positioning via iBeacon (aka Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)). Unlike GPS, iBeacon has much lower power consumption as well as being much more accurate in detecting and connecting to nearby devices, particularly indoors. iBeacons are poised to transform how retailers connect with people indoors. They also hold great potentional in their ability to deliver highly-customized, location-based learning performance materials in real-time.

In this session, you will learn how to develop an iBeacon application that integrates with a physical device, such as phone or tablet. You will examine the API for discovering beacons, connecting to an Estimote, and communicating to the device. By the end of this session, you will have a good understanding of iBecaons and their potential for learning and performance support.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How iBeacons can be used to identify learners
  • How iBeacons provide just-in-time performance support with indoor positioning
  • How to connect to experts within a proximity radius
  • To understand the iBeacon API

Novice to advanced developers, directors, VPs, and CLOs with a general knowledge of performance support and mobile learning.

Technology discussed in this session:
Estimotes, iBeacons (Bluetooth Low Energy), iPhone and iPad, and Appcelerator’s Titanium and Alloy.

Jody Baty

Project Manager


Jody Baty is the cofounder of Roamable, a small app development company that specializes in mobile apps for learning. Jody ended up in the ed tech industry by accident; a former database programmer, for almost 20 years she has focused on SCORM, AICC, authoring tools, learning management systems, and, now, mobile apps.

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