PDA-based e-Learning

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1. PDA Learning: Some Design Concerns
In today’s fast-paced world, we want to be able to maximize the seemingly little time we have and accomplish as many things as we can. We want to be in full control of our work and of course, our learning. E-learning has proven its worth in achieving such concerns in our changing lifestyles. Yet since the beginning of e-learning, the concept of mobile learning (m-learning) has already been discussed as well. Mobile learning is the use of a personal digital assistant (PDA) to produce an anytime, anywhere learning experience.

Content and software developers are customizing e-learning programs to fit the requirements and capacity of the PDA. Because most of these programs are designed for the desktop or laptop computer browsers, developers must keep in mind certain usability concerns for mobile learning:
Instructions and other similar text should be used sparingly and only when necessary
Links should be brief and contain only necessary key words
As with web pages, specific options should be presented before general options
PDA users expect to find web-like interfaces on their handhelds
Due to low screen resolution and small screen size, long narrative descriptions are not effective
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Ray Jimenez, PhD
Vignettes Learning
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