I don´t need to read any stats to be aware of the massive adoption of mobile devices in recent years.  All I need to do is to stop for a second and see how mobile devices have almost instinctively become part of my daily routine and performance environments. Neither do I need any stats to realize about the potential of mobile devices for educational purposes, I just need to observe how my family, my colleagues, people in the street trust these devices to constantly consume and create content.  I do believe that mobile can be a limitless knowledge-building enabler and a really powerful communication-collaboration channel.

But , what is holding us back then? – I wonder. Why isn´t mobile learning a crucial part of a comprehensive training strategies yet? Why do many efforts on this field still look as compact versions of eLearning courses?  I think that old technologies and educational practices definitely impact the way we understand and design mobile learning solutions. I cannot suggest a definite path to design effective mLearning since every project is unique and there are many factors that will influence your decisions until you can come up with the ultimate mobile learning experience. It is not my intention to impose any methods or perspectives. Today,  I just want to share with you the set of questions that I use as a reference every time I start a mobile learning project, just in case you may find them useful. These questions were included as a job aid for an Infoline I wrote for ATD last year and they address the following topics:

  • Understanding the mobile learner
  • Understanding the needs
  • Understanding the context
  • Technical issues
  • Documentation issues
  • Design issues
  • Content authoring
  • Delivery methods
  • Security, updating and tracking issues
  • Scope and objective of the project
  • Your first prototype
  • Prototype evaluation

Below you can also find a list of supporting articles. Please, do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or if you need further advice on how to successfully implement a mobile learning strategy in your organization.

50 questions to start your mobile learning strategy [Click here to download]

Excerpt from Villar, Mayra Aixa (2013) Developing a Mobile Learning Strategy. USA: ATD ISBN-10: 1562868810 ISBN-13: 978-1562868819. Available at: http://www.amazon.com/Developing-Mobile-Learning-Strategy-Infoline/dp/1562868810/

Supporting articles

General Overview

Villar, Mayra (2012). Harnessing the True Potential of Mobile Learning. [Series of Articles] ATD. August 07, 2012. Retrieved from http://bit.ly/1fWeAmb

Villar, Mayra (2012). Knowledge Building and Enhancement through Multitasking Mobile Devices. [Series of Articles] ATD. August 14, 2012. Retrieved from http://bit.ly/1nVR2yW

Villar, Mayra (2012). Fundamental Considerations for Designing mLearning Solutions (Part 1). [Series of Articles] ATD. August 21, 2012. Retrieved from http://bit.ly/1iiBvra

Villar, Mayra (2012). Fundamental Considerations for Designing mLearning Solutions (Part 2). [Series of Articles] ATD. August 28, 2012. Retrieved from http://bit.ly/O8n8uK

eLearning Council (2012) Interview with Mayra Aixa Villar on Mobile Learning Design [Blogpost entry]. September, 6, 2012. Retrieved from http://www.elearningcouncil.com/content/interview-mayra-aixa-villar-mobile-learning-design

Boller, Steve (2013). Interview with Mobile Learning Thought-leader Mayra Aixa Villar [Blogpost entry]. September, 17, 2013. Retrieved from http://www.bottomlineperformance.com/interview-with-mobile-learning-thought-leader-mayra-aixa-villar/

Woodill, Gary (2013). Mobile Designers Should Understand Users’ Environments, Habits, Problems and Needs Instructional Designer Talks with Steve Boller in Terrific Interview [Blogpost entry]. September, 26, 2013. Retrieved from http://floatlearning.com/2013/09/mobile-designers-should-understand-users-environments-habits-problems-and-needs/

Design Considerations

Villar, Mayra (2013) 6 Tips on Designing Courses for iPad with Aticulate Storyline [Blogpost entry]. May 9, 2013. Retrieved from http://www.articulate.com/blog/6-tips-on-designing-courses-for-ipad-with-articulate-storyline/

Villar, Mayra (2013) Analyzing a LMS for a Device Agnostic Content Strategy [Blogpost entry]. July 11, 2013. Retrieved from http://elearningindustry.com/analyzing-a-lms-for-a-device-agnostic-content-strategy

Villar, Mayra (2013). Designing with the User´s Needs in Mind. [Magazine Article] ATD´s T+D Magazine. July 08, 2013. Retrieved from http://bit.ly/1fB3KB3

Villar, Mayra (2013). On Social and Mobile Learning Architectures. [Feature Article] Learning Solutions Magazine. September 30, 2013. Retrieved from http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/1260/on-social-and-mobile-learning-architectures

Villar, Mayra (2013). Designing Mobile-enabled Game-based Experiences. [Feature Article] Learning Solutions Magazine. November 16, 2013. Retrieved from http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/1321/designing-mobile-enabled-game-based-experiences

Villar, Mayra (2014) Mobile Content Strategies: How to move Legacy Content to Mobile Using a Device-independent Model [Blogpost entry]. February, 2014. Retrieved from http://www.worklearnmobile.org/articles/mobile-content-strategies-how-to-move-legacy-content-to-mobile-using-a-device-independent-model/

Useful tools

Villar, Mayra (2012). Designing mLearning UIs with Blueprint. [Feature Article] Learning Solutions Magazine. November 12, 2012. Retrieved from http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/1062/designing-mlearning-uis-with-blueprint

Villar, Mayra (2013). Content Authoring Tools for mLearning. [Article in Newsletter] ATD. August 13, 2013. Retrieved from “http://bit.ly/1fuxN8R”

Villar Mayra (2014). Multi-device development: Adobe Edge Animate [Feature Article] Learning Solutions Magazine. May 19, 2014. Retrieved from http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/1424/multi-device-development-adobe-edge-animate



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