mLearnCon 2014: A Winner’s Perspective

mLearnConWelocalize was an exhibitor at mLearnCon 2014, a mobile learning event held in San Diego, June 24-26. As well as discussing global market language strategies for learning, Welocalize held a raffle. Matt Lee, a multimedia developer for a large global enterprise, won the prize – Beats™ by Dr. Dre™ headphones. We asked him to share his main takeaways from the event.

I’ve been working at a technical company for just over a year. A few weeks ago, I was tasked to attend mLearnCon to gain insight on how various industries are utilizing mobile technology in the training arena. We were particularly interested in software simulation integration on mobile platforms and responsive designs.

Because this was my first year attending, I didn’t quite know what to expect. I was thoroughly impressed after just one day. The speakers were world-class and the topics were intriguing, entertaining and engaging.

There were a number of takeaways from this conference; however, I’d like to highlight my main three from the conference and from chatting with the Welocalize team:

  1. Translation and localization are not to be confused! Translating only involves languages while localization focuses on addressing the cultural and technological challenges involved with translations.
  1. Mobile learning should be an additive to a company’s learning strategy rather than a substitution.
  1. Augmented reality (AR) is the way of the future. AR technology allows mobile users to seamlessly interact and digitally manipulate information by recognizing their physical location and the objects around them.

The sky really is the limit when it comes to mobile learning. Recent trends have already indicated that mobile devices are becoming the primary platform for receiving data. If trainers continue to find creative ways to leverage this technology there is no telling where we’ll be in the next decade.

The Beats by Dre headphones I won in the raffle from Welocalize are awesome. Looks like I’ll be listening to a lot more Daft Punk while I work out in the near future. The sound and clarity are immaculate! Thanks again to Monique, and the whole crew at Welocalize. Your contributions to mLearnCon were greatly appreciated. Keep up the great work.


Matt Lee, Multimedia Developer

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