M-Learning Implementation Mistakes

mlearnjpgWith every project is a set of best-practices designed to help prevent committing the same mistakes over and over again. Mobile learning is no different – especially with the increased interest in robust mlearning programs.

Mobile learning is any learning event that takes place on a mobile device such as a smartphone, tablet, mini-computer, or laptop. Mobile learning allows for learners to access the content and supporting tools at any place or time.

In a sense, traditional elearning was the first form of mobile learning. New APIs and devices have extended its reach.

When implementing a mobile learning program, you should follow proven methodology so as to avoid some of the common mistakes. Below are three frequent mlearning mistakes you should be careful of committing.

Three Mistakes to Avoid

Technology Over Methodology

There are many “shiny objects” out there today when it comes to tech tools. Make sure that your selection isn’t solely based on a laundry-list of features, but also on functionality. Spend more time in the planning phase and then look for the technology to fit the best way forward for your organization – not the other way around.

No Project Plan or Manager

Many mobile learning projects will pull together a group of people to act as the project planning committee. The problem with this is that committees often lack the point person who has the final say, or to pull everything together. Make sure you appoint someone to manage the committee, and more importantly, to manage the project plan.

Avoiding Risk for Improvement

With mobile learning, the biggest risk to program improvement is not taking action on improvement opportunities. To have a truly innovative program, you have to have flexibility to try new things if it means improving the overall program experience for the end-users. Keep what works, remove what doesn’t, and then fine-tune the areas that show success.



Justin Ferriman is the co-founder and CEO of LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by Fortune 500 companies, major universities, training organizations, and entrepreneurs worldwide for creating (and selling) their online courses. Let's Talk! | Twitter

5 Responses

  1. Hi Justin, Great points,
    I am about to launch a World language MLearning site and looked into:
    Udemy.com flipsnack.edu, voicethread.com and BB Collaborative. I wonder if you have any suggestion of best practice LMS for world language.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Adil-
      Thanks for the comment. Really depends on your preference. If it were me, I would like to “own” the content and have more control over how it displays. When using a site like Udemy.com, they own the site and brand, so you build their business. The upside of course is that they have an audience – so it could be a good way to launch your business, gain a following, then branch off.

  2. One way to avoid LMS failure is preparing for change management and marketing the LMS well among all users, managers as well as stakeholders – Here is our article on the same – gc-solutions.net/blog/exciting-learners-about-lms-how-to-internally-promote-your-e-learning-initiative/

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