Should We Create ELearning on Mobile?

swiss-army-phoneOver the years there has been a lot of hype around mobile learning, and with good reason as all indicators show that mobile learning is very much on the rise.

Employees and students alike aren’t required to sit at a computer to go through an online course. They can access it from anywhere using smartphones and tablets. From the airport, the grocery store, or on the couch.

In thinking about this shift in the elearning space I began to wonder about the entire mobile learning creation process.

For a long time now the rapid elearning development software we have available is laptop-centric.

This isn’t a bad thing, it’s just the reality of the situation.

But given the continued growth of mobile learning, does it make sense to create mobile learning on a mobile device?

We are already seeing modifications to the way a course is constructed when we know that mobile will be the primary way the content will be accessed. What about the creation process? Should that be modified as well?

My immediate inclination to this question was, “no, it really doesn’t matter”.

But the more I thought about it the more I started to question that first reaction. Maybe it does matter but we just don’t know in what ways quite yet.

Obviously a major benefit to developing mobile learning content on a mobile devices is that you can see immediately how it will perform on mobile technology. I suppose it would then become necessary to cross-test performance on a laptop as well though.

I think that if we start creating our mobile learning courses on mobile devices then it will force us to think about the content from a different perspective, and therefore it could improve the mobile learning experience.

What do you think?

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Justin Ferriman is the co-founder and CEO of LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by the world's leading organizations, such as the University of Michigan, Digital Marketer, WPEngine, and Infusionsoft. Justin has made a career as an elearning consultant where he has implemented large-scale training programs for Fortune 500 companies. Twitter | LinkedIn

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  1. Justin– we’d like to have mobile authoring and have our courses be within an app, not just a responsive desktop-oriented framework. Love to hear your plans for mobile apps and how we might be able to help. We’ll rather use something made by LearnDash instead of coding our own.

    And if you have API extensions, even better!

  2. Dear Justine,
    I like the idea of M-learning and there seems to be a growing demand for it. I am interested to know if you have any plans to work on “Learndash App” or not. That’s actually what I am about to go for. If this seems a little far fetched for now, I would highly appreciate if you introduce me some of your friends who can do this for me.

    Many Thanks

  3. Of course it is more convenient to view the lectures on a larger screen. But if we think about all those people who have no PC or tablet, only mobiles – many of them are in LMICs, then we should consider providing lectures on a mobile. How eLearning content for mobile phones should be developed, has to be discussed with IT people.

  4. I train horse assisted coaches and as a result my clients are likely to be in situations where learning from a mobile phone would be really useful. It’s not easy to hold a laptop in a barn, but the phone is another matter. I was very unsure about whether this sort of learning would work, but the more I think about it, the more useful I ca see it being.

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