When Hybrid was founded a large part of the company was focused on the development of our task analysis development tool. The tool, titled Précis in it’s first iteration, was built based on our experience with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Advanced Qualification Program (AQP) and was intended to let users rapidly build and deploy task analysis documents that could be used in a variety of applications – from desktop based checklists to printed reference sheets – as job aids. Additionally, the application was created to act as an electronic data collection tool for AQP programs. Through its development, this platform has seen a number of changes and iterations. Now we’re moving to update this platform to make it even more robust and useful as a tool for rapid content creation.
The announcement of the ADL’s Experience API (xAPI) has opened up a number of opportunities for how and what data we can track in the learning environment. The xAPI does away with many of the limitations that were imposed by SCORM opening up the realm of possibilites for how learning experiences can be tracked and what devices can be used. For example, xAPI allows for a much easier implementation on mobile devices than SCORM. This fact, along with the announcement that the AICC was adopting xAPI as the foundation for CMI5, led us to experiment with a few ways that the xAPI could be used.
During the talk I gave at the Float Mobile Learning Symposium I asked the audience not to tweet but to write thoughts and questions on note cards and pass them around to be rated. These are the bits I collected.
As I was preparing my talk for the Float Mobile Learning Symposium I was also reading “Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other”
by Sherry Turkle. While readers (from comments I’ve read) seem divided on her writings, it did occur to me that there was a kernel of truth in what she says about social interactions. To that end I decided that I’d ask attendees to participate in an “analog twitter” in an effort to see if I could promote interaction among participants. The idea was simple: Write your tweet on a note card, pass it around and, if you received one, note your agreement by writing a star in it. This is what I got (along with my responses).
When this company was started in 2003, the first order of business was to build a website. Over the years the site has gone through many iterations and, once again, we are excited to unveil a new site that I believe reflects our talents, interests, and values.
Since our last website iteration, the products and services our customers are looking for have changed, and we have changed to answer their needs. This new website showcases the custom design and development services we provide and better demonstrates and highlights the products we have developed over the last several years. With this launch we are also unveiling a new mobile version of the site. Creating a positive mobile experience was core to our belief that content should cover all ranges of devices and platforms.
I hope you’ll take the time to look around this site and understand our philosophy, culture and work. We will continue to add more interactive demos of our products and platforms, so we hope you return often to see our work.
Of all the iterations of websites Hybrid has gone through I am particularly proud of this one. The team here has, as always, done a fantastic job and I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by such talent. I’m giving them all the week off and a huge bonus (developer edit).
Over the past eight years, Hybrid has been undergoing a constant evolution to become the company I want it to be. Our goal has always been to stay at the forefront of our field and constantly push the envelope of what we think is possible. I think we’ve done fairly well at that idea and hope to continue on that path. However, over the years some of our favorite work has been left on the cutting room floor.
Our Lab allows us not only to showcase what we’ve done, but to showcase things that didn’t get done, and things that we think should be done. It will also allow you to see things we are thinking about in our industry and how they are affecting our ideas, process, business, and culture. It is our hope that this will allow you to get a better idea of what our company is about and see some of the innovative ideas that, for one reason or another, haven’t yet made it to production.