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Mobile Learning – Instructional Design Aspects to Consider

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Mobile Learning - Instructional Design Aspects to Consider

We need to bring learning to people instead of people to learning. – Elliot Masie

The advent of the mobile device had a profound impact on our lives. Smartphones and tablets have changed the way we access and use information. According to the Horizon Report, 2011, by 2015, about 80% of people will be accessing the internet from mobile devices only, with the main focus on education.

 The huge spurt in the number of “mobile internet” users has compelled companies to make their online courses compatible to mobile devices. According to Ambient Insight, The worldwide market for mobile learning solutions touched $8.4 billion in 2014. The market is likely to register a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.3% and could reach $14.5 billion by 2019.

Are you too planning to harness the full learning potential of the mobile? But, how can you create a good mobile learning course? Well, you need to focus on the most important aspect of mobile learning development – instructional design.

You need to ask 3 questions before formulating an instructional design strategy for your mobile learning course. They are:

  • How do your learners use their mobile devices?
  • What are the needs of your learners?
  • What is the mobile learning approach followed by your organization?

How do your learners use their mobile devices?

It is very important to analyze how they use the mobile device – send emails, videos, text, access the internet or just make voice calls. This helps determine the complexity of the design of the mobile learning course. For instance, if the mobile devices are primarily used to watch videos, then it is better to develop video-based learning content.

What are the needs of your learners?

You need to ask questions such as:

  • What do they need to learn?
  • How much time can they spare for training?
  • When are they likely to take out time for learning?

Answers to these questions are important as they help you zero-in on the design of the mobile learning course. For example, if you need to train senior officials of your organization on performance management, you can consider using learning nuggets of not more than 2 minutes as these staff members are often starved for time.

Note: You need to keep in mind that mobile learning complements other training formats and is not a substitute for them.

What is the mobile learning approach followed by your organization?

Mobile learning is used for different purposes. It can:

  • Aid classroom training
  • Be a part of delivery of online training through multiple devices
  • Provide performance support
  • Enhance personnel knowledge and skills
  • Be used to assess learners

Based on how you intend to use the training format, you need to create cohesive learning modules from the existing instructor-led training (ILT) or e-learning materials. For more information on the factors to be considered for converting e-learning content to mobile learning courses, click here.

You then have to finalize which parts of the content needs to be delivered through the mobile and come up with a learning strategy based on your requirement. You could use the following elements in your mobile learning course.

  • Podcasts
  • Scenarios or case studies with avatars
  • Videos
  • Games

Thus, you can formulate a winning instructional design strategy for your course. Hope you liked this post. Do share your views.

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