Formal Learning on Smartphones: Better Strategies for Better Results

Conference Archive

mLearnCon 2012 - June 19, 2012

Chris Van Wingerden

Sr VP Learning Solutions
dominKnow Learning Systems

Many organization’s first impulse is to view smartphones as an “always-on” tool for delivering eLearning courses. But smartphones (and their context of use) are dramatically different than laptop or desktop computers. Pushing what we’ve created heretofore to a smaller screen size is a recipe for ineffective learning. Smartphones offer an opportunity to update our design processes for formal learning, take advantage of the ways people learn, and make our learning products more effective.

Session participants will learn why many of the approaches commonly used in eLearning design are not effective when transferred to smartphones. You’ll explore research-based instructional design practices that support effective learning on smartphone devices, discover strategies for using these practices as a foundation for crafting formal training delivered on smartphones, and learn ways to re-set current expectations around formal learning on smartphones. It is critical when delivering formal, tracked learning through a smartphone, that learning content is designed to best support the learning process.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Why many of the common eLearning design approaches do not transfer to smartphones
  • Research-based instructional design practices that support effective smartphone learning
  • Strategies for crafting formal, tracked learning experiences for smartphone devices
  • Strategies to help you re-set your organization’s current expectations around formal learning on smartphones

Audience: Participants should have experience creating eLearning programs in order to best relate to this session's discussions. Experience creating mLearning programs is not required.

Technology discussed in this session: This session focuses on Instructional Design strategies, not specific individual technologies.


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