Mobile learning, also called M-learning or mLearning, is any type of content that is developed or consumed on mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, and including anything from podcasts to full eLearning courses.
According to Pew Research, virtually all Americans — an overwhelming 96% — currently own some kind of cellphone, an increase of 35% since 2011. Regardless of the industry, organizations need to pay attention to these numbers and prioritize designing for mobile consumption.
Persona: Jan is a seasoned office manager at a large insurance company.
In this mobile learning example, select each picture to walk through Jan’s day.
The world is mobile; therefore, content has to be flexible, responsive and small enough to consume on the go.
Whether searching for just-in-time information or taking a formal learning course, this type of varied mobile interaction isn’t out of the ordinary in today’s workforce. More than ever, people are weaving learning into their daily activities and require cross-device accessibility. Therefore, it is vital that organizations shift their learning ecosystems to adapt to the modern learning landscape, providing the right information at the exact point of need.
Benefits & Advantages of Mobile Learning
- Convenient: Information is easily accessible and not limited to any one place or time
- Engaging: Content interactions can be personalized to facilitate motivation and engagement
- Collaborative: Learners can communicate through online communities, such as forums and chats
- Bite-size: Smaller content and digestible chunks of information help prevent cognitive overload
- Accessible: The classroom is everywhere and modern workforce is dispersed, allowing for a wider reach
- Cost Effective: Existing content can be leveraged and reused
Future-Proofing Your Content for Mobile
Xyleme Streamlines Mobile Learning
Xyleme’s Learning Content Management System (LCMS) is built for mobile. With fully-customizable and mobile-ready out-of-the-box templates, our web outputs are truly responsive — automatically adapting the content layout to the specific screen size being used. And because content is separated from presentation, content is unlocked from a single, restrictive format. M-Learning content can be synced and reused in a variety of outputs, eliminating duplication and rework. Whether it is a web output, instructor-led guide or PowerPoint deck, Xyleme’s single-source publishing allows content to be transformed into a wide variety of layouts and configurations — all of which are mobile friendly.
Xyleme’s industry-leading LCMS helps major multinational organizations create and manage learning content across all formats. Thanks to Xyleme’s LCMS, our users successfully reduce content development and maintenance time, easily reuse content and publish to multiple output types, effectively personalize content at scale, and objectively assess content and learner performance with robust, built-in analytics dashboards.