601 Size Matters: Research on Small-screen Learning

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Thursday, June 9



The eLearning world has rapidly moved into a world of mobile everything. Media is delivered on devices that fit into the palm of a hand. People make calls and read emails on their phones, they communicate by texting, and they watch streaming video. They also have lessons on their mobile devices, but is this an entirely good thing?

This session will explore the research and outcomes of using mobile devices with small screens for eLearning. It will demonstrate the neuroscience of visual learning and show how using mobile devices to deliver lessons changes learners’ perceptions. It will also explore the cognitive nature of mobile devices and how designers and developers can use this to their advantage.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How a screen changes the learner’s perception
  • How lessons delivered on a mobile device work with the learner’s perceptions
  • How to take advantage of the smaller footprint of a mobile device
  • How to take advantage of the neuroscience behind the use of mobile devices

Novice to advanced designers, developers, and project managers.

Technology discussed in this session:
PCs and mobile devices.

Stephen Haskin


Industrial Strength Learning

Stephen Haskin, the principal of Industrial Strength Learning, started in video production and computing in the 1970s. He has worked with digital video and eLearning since the late 1980s, and has been at the forefront of streaming media. Previously, Stephen was a producer and director of film and video and won many awards for his work. He worked for the University of Michigan for several years, but has now returned to the private sector where he currently directs and consults for distance-learning projects and video. Stephen frequently speaks at conferences and seminars, is the author of three books, and is writing a fourth book about media and learning.

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