Mobile learning is attractive to learning designers because it offers the convenience of a bring-your-own-device approach and lends itself to trendy microlearning program structures. The popularity of learning apps such as Duolingo has inspired many to adapt or retrofit their content and learning programs for mobile delivery. This session will explore the challenges presented by the South African context (including socioeconomic differences, technology, and staff competency) for the adoption of mobile learning.

In this session, you will learn about the possibilities for learning on a device that conditions people to have short attention spans. You will explore access issues with mobile learning (assumed to be very accessible). Companies often need to track learning; you will see qualitative research using analytics to demonstrate some difficulties they face. You will hear about some of the challenges faced by South African learning designers who want to create mobile courses. The session will make use of an example mobile learning course, and will help you decide which authoring tools are best for your training needs.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to evaluate authoring tools for mobile learning
  • How to onboard learning facilitators to ensure better training processes
  • How to track mobile learning effectively
  • How to argue for or against an app as part of your training process
  • About different kinds of learning events, and the values of each
  • About a “best bet” approach for integrating mobile learning into training programs


Novice to advanced designers, developers, project managers, managers, directors, and senior leaders (VP, CLO, executive, etc.). This session is pitched at a wide audience, and while some aspects (such as discussion of authoring tools) would be better suited to learning designers, the majority of the content does not require prior knowledge.

Technology discussed in this session:

Mobile learning platforms and mobile learning authoring tools.