As we are aware, mobile learning is learning facilitated through mobile devices without the learner being obliged to stay at a fixed location.
Content analysis is the most important aspect of instructional design, and it is the first thing you need to do while developing an eLearning course. Because of the limitations of mobile devices, it is important to push our content onto these mobile devices. To do this, first we need to analyze the content that we have and how that can be presented in an effective manner through mobile devices.
Here, I would like to share some tips to handle content for mobile delivery. Let’s have a look at them.
1. Identify the content type – Content can be classified into facts, processes, procedures, principles and concepts. You should have set learning strategies to deal with these content types. Facts, processes and procedures are more suitable for mobile delivery.
2. Assess the levels of learning – Assess if the learning is to be applied at knowledge level, comprehension level, application level, analysis level, synthesis level or evaluation level. Mobile learning is not effective for higher levels of learning such as synthesis and evaluation levels as they take much time for learning.
3. Divide content – such that it delivers a single message or serves a single learning objective on each screen. Make sure that the content is self-contained and stands on its own.
4. Ensure content is delivered in small chunks – Chunk content into small and easy-to- understand chunks, so that it is possible to create cohesive learning units that can stand on their own.
5. Ensure content is presented in a conversational style – and try to keep it as informal as possible. In order to make the best use of audio, it is important to consider the end-users (learners) and the environment in which they are going to access the courses.
6. Replace long text with audio because audio and videos are integral parts of mobile learning. If learners access courses in reasonably noiseless surroundings, then you can replace large quantities of text with audio in mLearning modules.
These are some of the tips to handle content for mobile delivery, and every organization should follow these tips to develop effective mobile learning courses. Please do share your thoughts!