Why do mobile learning?
If you are new to e-learning, you may not know what mobile learning is or why it might be interesting to create it. If you are, then this article is for you.
Let's start at the beginning: mobile learning is training delivered on mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. Almost everyone today owns a smartphone, and many also have a second mobile device. It has become very natural to use it to verify information (“Let's google this!”), To go shopping, to watch a series and also to play games. As people consume more and more content on their mobiles, why not give them the information they need on the devices they use the most?
What is the point of mobile learning?
Mobile learning is extremely effective in helping learners get the resources they need right when they need them - that is, in their workflow. There are lots of situations where learners need advice or information during a project.
Imagine a teacher who has to give a lesson on a subject he has never covered: he could pull out his tablet and refresh his memory before teaching it to his students. Think of this salesperson perfecting her way of responding to customer objections just before a difficult meeting: she could use her laptop to study a tutorial recommended by her manager on this specific topic. And there are still plenty of situations like these where it would be a good idea for learners to be able to find the course material on their mobile device. So they get what they need when and where they really need it.
How is mobile learning different?
Mobile learning doesn't just mean delivering e-learning to a mobile device (instead of a computer). Already because mobile learning is technically different. In fact, learners do not navigate the module using a mouse and keyboard. Then the context is different because learners use their mobile devices in very different situations than when they use a computer. They may need information while traveling, in the field, or even in a meeting or appointment. And since learning on a mobile device is really different, there are a number of things to keep in mind when developing e-learning for mobile devices:
- Less screen space: You have less screen space to work on a mobile device than when you work for output on a computer. This means that it can be difficult for learners to navigate dense text, very small or very detailed images, or anything else that needs to be seen all at once.
- Less time available: in this performance support context, your learners may be on the move, between meetings, having lunch, etc. It is therefore best to divide the content into smaller modules that can be consumed in one sitting.
We have some great strategies to help you optimize your mobile learning content in this article: Getting started with designing cross-device e-learning modules .
Are you developing learning content for mobile devices? We would be very happy to hear how you go about it, so feel free to comment under the article!