Adobe has just made the transition into mobile learning that much easier. If you’re wondering what mobile learning is, you might want to listen up. Mobile learning, or m-learning, is the portable classroom capability that tablets, laptops, and other portable smart devices provide; one might think that the term mobile learning would be synonymous with cellular phone use, but it is not. Adobe is working hard to bridge the gap between the user and the creator in m-learning, and, more specifically, they are working hard to make creating publications that are compatible with tablets an easy process. With an easier way to customize tablet features, professors can take advantage of this new technology in their courses.
In an article that is making its way around the internet, Adobe has said that they have come up with the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, “a complete solution for creating highly designed, interactive content and delivering it across devices—including Apple iPad, Android and BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. Used in combination with Adobe InDesign® CS5.5 software, the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite provide(s) students … with a range of viewer technology, hosted services, and sophisticated tools needed to create, deliver, and optimize digital publications that engage readers with immersive interactivity.” With the help of this software, one can design publications, apps, and the like for easy to use products that are ready for use in any area that it would be needed, like higher education. As tablets are becoming more and more popular (Apple alone shipped 15 million first-generation iPads in 2010), Adobe saw the need and filled it with a product that is already creating buzz.
The article goes on to explain that colleges, like Indiana University, are now offering classes to instruct on such software. Students are being given an opportunity to use software that no other graduating class has ever used and are being seen as more prepared in the world of design because of the ever-changing media. “Explained Bob Flynn, university manager of IT community partnerships, the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite was used to create the IU Libris application, downloadable from iTunes, which allows iPad users to access for free a number of university magazines and publications. Titles in the open series include IU Teaching & Learning, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Alumni Magazine, and the Principles of Excellence, a publication issued by the office of university president Michael McRobbie.” Not only are the students learning about the software, the university is also utilizing it to create green, and easy-to-use publications for its campus.
Tablets, the wave of the future, are becoming more and more accessible, which is evident through Adobe’s new software. In the aforementioned article, Adobe states that they understand that the “interactive content being published to tablets today is still in the early stages” and that tablets can still come much farther to aid professors in their classes, but with a catalyst such as the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, one can see that we are on our way to a change in education, where tablets and m-learning will be seen as a normal, everyday occurrence.