In one of my previous posts I posed myself a challenge: “I decided to commit myself to an in-depth research of tools and techniques that allow me to design the utmost (m)Learning experience across different devices.” Now, my exploratory attempts to identify different apps (web and mobile), leverage their capabilities for educational purposes and assess how suitable they are to offer mobile-enabled learning will part of a bigger and more systematic initiative as I´ll be participating in The 10 Tools Challenge.
My first tool is an online authoring platform called Cleverlize , which helps you create your own individual learning-app for different devices. Although this app cannot offer yet a final product that is uniquely mobile in the terms defined by RJ Jacquez, I honestly think that Cleverlize is a great resource for techie teachers as well as one-person instructional design team who seek to integrate mobile technologies in order to assist learners at the the exact moment of need through mobile, micro and contextual interactions.
Microtasking in context
Microtasking and context are two key concepts when considering the active and agile behaviors of mobile users. Single and simple tasks that require micro-interactions between the user and content will ensure more engaging and seamless experiences. Moreover, if the task takes place within the context where the new knowledge, behavior or skill is needed, the experience also becomes meaningful as the user can immediately apply the knowledge and assess the outcome of his/her actions.
How to use Cleverlize to create this type of interactions?
Cleverlize allows you to create educational apps to present, reinforce and evaluate any topic. For the purposes of this demostration, I created an app called “Brief ESL Writer´s Guide” (Note: this is a universal link provided by Cleverlize that recognizes which device users have and allows access to the web app or Cleverlize App Store).
You can create five different types of micro-interactions or modules: articles, tests, flashcards, RSS repositories, and custom activities where you can insert images, videos, audio files, tables and text.
Each interaction format offers different options to facilitate the creation of content. Without any programming skills, you can create a variety of activities, from assorted questions to interactive glossaries.
You can also customize the look and feel of your app and previsualize each activity.
Finally, Cleverlize allows you to distribute your app through a QR-Code or a URL. The final output is a web app (HTML5-based) that can be accessed from almost every browser. This also facilitates the process of editing and/or updating any content.
Cleverlize is a great tool for designing micro-interactions based on simple tasks such as quizzes, flashcards, articles, etc. These micro-interactions can be delivered through mobile devices for learners to implement what they learn at a real-time pace and within the context where they are performing.