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Five steps to get on-trend with mobile learning

Five steps to get on-trend with mobile learning

Category: Mobile Learning

There are many changes happening in the world of learning. There’s a plethora of articles, guides and opinions available on the changes to how and where we learn today, what content we learn with, and how that learning affects our jobs and roles.

If you want to get on-trend with mobile learning and achieve positive learning outcomes, here are five steps you need to consider and include in your plans. 

1. Technology

It’s time to rethink the technology. The old ways of a complex learning management systems (LMS) that can take months to learn are gone – you can now quickly modernise your existing LMS.

You’re going to need a platform that can easily add social learning, Experience API (xAPI) support and an integrated Learning Record Store (LRS) – all key for great mobile learning delivery and experiences – to your existing LMS.

Don’t forget APIs for connection to your corporate management systems – such as HR, CRM and Talent.

2. Video

In terms of learning, video is the ‘new black’. 

Don’t think I’m right? Then consider this – when was the last time you searched YouTube for a ‘how do I?’ instruction video?

When combined with mobile technologies, video creates an opportunity to consume microlearning content for successful ‘see it, learn it, do it’ outcomes.

For some situations, you may even want to take video to the next stage, by incorporating Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) training content that the learner can connect with.

3. Social learning and collaboration

If you need reminding, take a look at Maslow’s hierarchy of needs – ‘the need to belong is a core basic need for all humans’. That means your learners.

Harness the power of your people with user generated content – your biggest asset is your staff. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience that you can release. Give every learner a voice and an opportunity to contribute and provide feedback on the learning programmes they undertake.

4. Microlearning

The current need for immediacy in learning is taking hold. We all live fast-paced, mobile lives and, in an ever-changing environment, speed is of the essence.

Content needs to be microlearning based – sharply focused and finely targeted, delivering a concise message with sufficient knowledge.

Fundamentally, microlearning enables learners to engage with the right content at the right time.

5. Mobile

Mobile is beyond a trend, it’s here now. Working outside the traditional office or place of work and study is now the norm for many.

Business and management processes need to be ready with relevant content that learners can access, wherever they need it. Mobile learning on their device of choice is the only answer. 


By completing steps 1 to 5, you’ll have learners consuming content that’s mobile-ready and delivered at the time when it’s most needed. Learners will be gathering knowledge from curated (micro)learning content, consumed on whatever device they choose.


Guest blog by John Driscoll

This is a guest post by John Driscoll from Agylis ANZ, an official Agylia partner in Australia and New Zealand. John regularly writes about learning technologies and practices via his LinkedIn articles

Author: John Driscoll

This article was published by John Driscoll on 21.01.2019. John is founder of Agylis ANZ, an Agylia Official Partner in Australia and New Zealand. John works with corporate, government and educational organisations to modernise their learning experiences.

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