According to a recent study, 74% of learners use mobile devices for eLearning. This means that now, more than ever, it is important for your organization to take steps toward implementing mobile learning.
Clearly stated, mobile learning is not a simple extension of pre-existing eLearning to mobile devices, nor is it a replacement for desktop learning applications. Mobile learning is complementary – it provides opportunities for learning to occur in non-traditional contexts using personal electronic devices.
In this blog, we’ll focus on suggested approaches for updating and building learning content for mobile delivery.
Designing Content for the Mobile Paradigm
User experience should be the primary focus when implementing mobile learning. When designing content for mobile, we suggest considering the following best practices:
These considerations are valid for creating new content as well as updating existing content. Additional factors to consider when updating your existing content are:
- Providing separate desktop and mobile versions for each course
- Using LMS functionality to allow desktop and mobile content in a single course
- Updating existing content for mobile before rolling out mobile capabilities
Be sure to include all supported mobile platforms in your test plan. Before rollout, you’ll want to test your content to avoid any user frustration that might result in a negative user experience.
In this post, we covered the design aspect of mobile learning. In our recent webinar, Why Should You Be Thinking About Mobile Learning? we also discussed additional mobile learning use cases, such as on-the-job training support, performance support, and enhancing instructor experience. If you are interested in learning more about mobile learning, watch it here