Publications and Interviews

Developing a Mobile Learning Strategy 

Mobile devices, now prevalent in work and educational environments, have completely changed our interactions with information. They have a greater impact on content consumption and creation, enabling users to search for information, apply new knowledge, and evaluate the consequences of their decisions in real time.
Mobile learning can be a great tool for knowledge-building and can trigger a learning experience on the go and in the moment of need. But to realize the potential of mobile learning in your organization, you need to be strategic. This Infoline will:

  • Outline how to designing a mobile learning strategy for organizations
  • Provide an understanding of mobile learning´s potential
  • Detail the steps involved in design, development, and implementation

Villar, Mayra (2013) USA: ASTD ISBN-10: 1562868810 ISBN-13: 978-1562868819. Available at: Amazon.com

Designing with the User´s Needs in Mind

These days, traditional models in computing and education are challenged by new paradigms, expectations and behaviors that ubiquitous, touch-based technologies create. Mobile opens up a world of possibilities for building richer experiences between the user and the content and between the user and his surroundings.

But, in order to successfully design for mobile, we need to understand its fundamental elements and how they are reshaping most of our daily activities. By observing users’ changing behaviors and perceptions, we can design experiences that can really live up to the users´ expectations and needs. This article describes some important aspects for designing an effective mobile user experience (UX).

Villar, Mayra (2013) [Magazine Article] ASTD´s T+D Magazine. July 08, 2013. Retrieved from http://bit.ly/1fB3KB3

Contributor Writer for the Association for Talent Development: Series of Posts on Mobile Learning 

Villar, Mayra (2012). Harnessing the True Potential of Mobile Learning. [Series of Articles] ATD. August 07, 2012.

Villar, Mayra (2012). Knowledge Building and Enhancement through Multitasking Mobile Devices. [Series of Articles] ATD. August 14, 2012.

Villar, Mayra (2012). Fundamental Considerations for Designing mLearning Solutions (Part 1). [Series of Articles] ASTD. August 21, 2012.

Villar, Mayra (2012). Fundamental Considerations for Designing mLearning Solutions (Part 2). [Series of Articles] ATD. August 28, 2012.

Villar, Mayra (2013). Content Authoring Tools for mLearning. [Article in Newsletter] ATD. August 13, 2013.

Villar, Mayra (2014). Key Questions to Design and Implement a Mobile Learning Strategy. [Blogpost entry] ATD. October 14, 2014.

Villar, Mayra (2015). Applying Second Language Learning Strategies to eLearning Design. [Blogpost entry] ATD. October 7, 2015.

Featured Contributor Writer for the eLearning Guild 

Villar, Mayra (2012). Designing mLearning UIs with Blueprint. [Featured Article] Learning Solutions Magazine. November 12, 2012.

Villar, Mayra (2013). Game Architecture: Delivering Meaningful Learning Experiences. [Featured Article] Learning Solutions Magazine. January 14, 2014.

Villar, Mayra (2013). On Social and Mobile Learning Architectures. [Featured Article] Learning Solutions Magazine. September 30, 2013.

Villar, Mayra (2013). Designing Mobile-enabled Game-based Experiences. [Featured Article] Learning Solutions Magazine. November 16, 2013.

Interviews and References to my Work

Boller, Steve (2013). Interview with Mobile Learning Thought-leader Mayra Aixa Villar [Blogpost entry]. September, 17, 2013. Retrieved from

Pappas, Christopher (2013) How to Become an eLearning Professional [ebook (Page 24)].

Quinn, Clark (2012) Designing mLearning. Tapping into the mobile revolution for organizational performance [Webpage]

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.

Vallano, Elissa [Mindjet Blog] (2012) How data visualization promotes eLearning through effective story telling [Blogpost entry]. February 16, 2012.

eLearnChat 51 (2012, June 28) Mayra Aixa Villar on Linguistics in eLearning [YouTube video]

eLearning Council (2012) Interview with Mayra Aixa Villar on Mobile Learning Design [Blogpost entry]

Hopkins, David (2013) Top 10 Must-read eLearning Blogs [Blogpost entry]. October 4, 2013.

Pappas, Christopher (2013) Top 10 Must-read eLearning Blogs [Blogpost entry]. October 2, 2013.

Clarey, Janet (2014) My Favorite Blogs about eLearning [Blogpost entry].