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CUSTOM E-LEARNING

NogginLabs was founded on the notion that custom e-learning design and development is the ultimate horizontal industry. Time and again, each new project, client, and industry proves it. The biggest advantage of the e-learning horizontal is cross-pollinating ideas from two wildly different domains. A restaurant service simulation for iPad may influence a high-fashion online retail challenge. E-learning for financial advisors in a bank could inspire a mobile outreach program for cancer survivors. This variety also keeps the creative folks at NogginLabs fresh. Fresh learning ideas and designs come from a set of constantly changing constraints.

Is mobile learning the right choices for your content?

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Is mobile learning the right choices for your content?

Geoff Hyatt

With the continued expansion of mobile device usage and the exploding popularity of apps for everything from driving services to dog sitting, it might seem as if mobile e-learning is must-have for any online training initiative. Mobile learning can be an engaging, exciting, and useful option for your learners—but only when it’s done right

There’s much more to great mobile learning than a smaller screen with a touch interface. First and foremost, you must decide if your content would be a good match for the unique strengths and constraints of mobile. 

WHAT KINDS OF CONTENT ARE APPROPRIATE FOR MOBILE?

Bite-sized modules for “in-between” times

Think about it: just because you like checking out the latest episode of a late-night talk show on your smartphone during your daily train ride doesn’t mean you’ll get the same satisfaction from pulling up a big-screen, three-hour epic. The mobile experience lends itself to content doled out in single-sitting portions that can be completed during those “in-between” times. It’s less a full-scale meal of training, and more like a nutritious knowledge-snack.

A focus on product knowledge or professional procedures

An e-learning course/reference tool hybrid is often a great use of mobile for learning. Engaging mini-lessons can introduce aspects of product knowledge or professional procedures to new learners (or refresh this information for more experienced ones). Fast-paced quizzes and games optimized for smartphones or tablets can further instill this knowledge via gamification.

Material that benefits from mobile-specific features

Tablets and smartphones have numerous features that aren’t part of the desktop experience, and great mobile learning makes the most of them. Interfaces that maximize touch or swipe functionality, designs that incorporate geo-location or check-in features, or games that integrate motion sensitivity are all examples of this.

Remember, great mobile learning means more than a shift in screen size or a change in location. It requires material that can be conveniently accessed and quickly completed. It works great for refreshing or reinforcing product or procedural knowledge points, especially with games or quizzes. And, ideally, it integrates a mobile device's features in a meaningful way.