Before you develop a mobile course, it’s important to measure the costs (both monetary and learning objective costs) against the benefits mobile learning has to offer.
Challenging your own mobile learning assumptions can save you from costly and frustrating situations down the road.
Answering these 6 questions before implementing an mLearning strategy will put you on the path to achieving the impactful performance results you want.
1. Why are you considering a mobile course? Do your learners demand it or is it because your competitors or peers in the industry are offering mLearning now?
Base your decision to implement mLearning on actual usage data of your company. Deploying an informal survey is a quick and low-cost way to get the information you need to make this decision.
2. Will developing mobile courses save money or time, or both?
Make sure you have a clear understanding of how a mobile course will help achieve your business goals.
3. Are the courses going to be better than what currently is offered on the PC? Or will you need to develop multiple versions?
This is especially important if you’re thinking of converting a PC course to a mobile course. Make sure you consider whether or not the learning objectives are possible on a mobile device, or how they may need to be altered. Mobile development may mean a reduction or realignment of interactivity is necessary.
4. In terms of budget, is it viable to build multiple versions of courses?
If you are using an Authoring tool that can publish multiple versions that will work on all platforms, great! Cross Platform Solutions often help fill the gaps and save development expenses, however while being multi-functional for a variety of devices they are not specific to any device and may have limitations.
5. Do you have the required IT support in place for tracking results of courses that are run on multiple devices and browsers?
Increased user support and testing the courses to determine learner functionality is required. Knowing functionality in different browsing environments will help you put the right tracking processes and mechanisms in place before you deploy the course.
6. Will employees access training on their own or on company-provided mobile devices? Is security going to be an issue?
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) brings up a number of security issues, especially in regulated industries (finance, insurance, healthcare, etc). Not only can older devices put your company at risk, they can have negative effects on the performance of your learning content.
There is a lot more to consider when developing an mLearning implementation strategy, but you’ll be off to a great start once you have a grasp on the answers to these questions.
eLogic Learning’s experienced learning professionals can help you find out how to create mobile courses that really make a difference in your training and development results.