I BELIEVE THE 2020 WORKPLACE will be filled at the top with people who can effectively leverage mobile communications technologies. I think Kevin O'Rourke (speaking to me at left) also thinks that too. I hope that Kevin can steer me in developing a Green Paper that includes an audit of the mobile phones currently carried by creative third level students as well as an audit of current smart phone capabilities. Not all smart phones are created the same and some phones claim to be multimedia when they cannot handle all forms of rich media typically pushed out through the internet to third level students during their coursework. I believe knowing how to leverage a smart phone is important because using a complex phone well means you have conceptual tacit skills. I see this already in the problem-solving behaviour of sharp students when they use good judgment to listen to instructions and then figure out how to accomplish tasks that often lack a clearly-defined set of steps. I'm thinking about how to push off and get things started and I believe a Green Paper suitable for use by the Irish Learning Technology Association and the Computer Education Society of Ireland is an appropriate first step.
Jeanne Meister and Karie Willyerd -- The 2020 Workplace ISBN 9780061763274