Over 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?