Six Mistakes to Avoid When Converting eLearning to mLearning

mLearning—short for mobile learning—is picking up steam with health systems due to a workforce on the move. I often see companies try to shrink their eLearning courseware to fit pocket-sized devices. But mLearning isn’t just miniaturized eLearning as I discussed in my previous post on how to tell when eLearning or mLearning is a better choice.

Do your mobile-learners a favor ̶ avoid these six common mistakes as you convert existing eLearning to mLearning:

  1. Migrating an eLearning course as-is to the mobile platform. Evaluate your eLearning content and use storyboards to plan for smaller screen sizes. Advanced planning can show changes you’ll need for a course to succeed as mLearning. With eLearning, a course is likely to be 20 minutes or longer. The recommended length for mLearning is three to 10 minutes. Break your content into bite-sized chunks, with each screen conveying a single idea, and each lesson having a small learning objective.
  2. Ignoring the context of mobile learners. Employees are likely to access mLearning on the go. You can’t count on their undivided attention. They may use it for 10 minutes over a cup of coffee or while waiting in an airport. Their environment could be crowded, noisy and subject to interruption. Design your content so it can be consumed in short bursts.
  3. Designing for one device only. Learners may access mLearning from a plethora of portable electronic devices: mobile phones, tablets and digital readers of all sizes. Who knows what the future has in store? Design your content…

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