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A New Tool for Instructional Designers – The Mobile Learning Decision Path (#mlearning)

From Advanced Distributed Learning :

Design requirements for desktop e-learning applications are different than the design requirements for mobile learning applications. Too often, these differences have been oversimplified or glossed over—reducing “design” to merely forcing desktop content to a smaller screen. The result is a poor user experience and lost training or performance support opportunities.

Produced by Adayana Government Group in collaboration with the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative and the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO), the tool is to address many variables to consider when designing mobile learning. Since there is no any resource offering a comprehensive guide for instructional designers (IDs) to assist them in the wide spectrum of decision points involved in mobile learning projects. This is probably the most comprehensive guide for mobile learning design to date.

The Mobile Learning Decision Path (MLDP) identifies and analyzes relevant information, resources, and literature relating to the mobile solution process, including important considerations to be addressed prior to and during an mLearning initiative. The MLDP guides IDs in making decisions by describing decision points, good practices, and recommendations. It also illustrates how to apply the MLDP to sample projects (mLearning content redesign and mLearning for PS). This not only educates IDs on the nuances involved in mLearning solutions, but it also allows IDs to provide justification for decisions that are made in their own projects. Thus, by referring to this MLDP, IDs will be able to more fully capitalize on the advantages that are offered by the mobile platform, as well as to avoid potential pitfalls that could compromise the ultimate success of the final product.

With constant changes, developments, and evolutions in the mLearning space, the MLDP provides relevant and applicable information to guide IDs at the time of the project delivery (April 2013). The MLDP was developed with the primary goal of assisting IDs in the early stages of development focused on two situations where the need for mobile may arise: (1) reuse and redesign of eLearning content for mLearning, and (2) mLearning for PS (see Figure 2). A Mobile Resource Library is also included in Section 8.1 to provide IDs with resources to help them stay up to date with mobile technologies, methodologies, and processes.

The Mobile Learning Decision Path

Click here to access the MLDP (PDF, 291 pages).


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