Getting Mobile Learning Right

The trend in learning technology for the past few years has been toward providing a more “consumer-grade” experience for learners. Providers and their clients spend much time and energy attempting to mirror the UX designs people see in their everyday interactions with entertainment, navigation, communication, and other consumer technologies.

Yet, there is one aspect of the consumer experience in which learning lags very far behind: mobile interactions. People can accomplish just about any task with their mobile device, with new apps and tools emerging daily. But when it comes to learning in the work environment, the research shows that adoption simply hasn’t reached the levels that were anticipated a decade or so ago.

Why? First, we must simply acknowledge that many people are hesitant to do work-related activities on their personal devices. It is often seen as the last frontier in the battle for work/life balance but perhaps the learning itself is just as much to blame.

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