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Understanding The Difference Between eLearning and mLearning

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Sep 01, 2015 @ 12:28 PM

The need to disseminate education efficiently imposed that classrooms should no longer be confined within four walls. So distance learning came into being. Then as technology evolved, lessons were not only delivered to mailboxes (the ones on the curb) but also reached learners on their computers. Thus eLearning developed. And now, because learners are no longer tethered to their desks (the rise of the remote and mobile workforce), learning is being delivered to their hand-held devices where they can consume it on the go.

Although e-Learning and m-Learning are used synonymously in many quarters, the two modes of learning differ in many aspects. As a learning designer, you must know all about the two formats so that you can create effective instructional content for each.

We've gone over tons of articles that talk about the differences between eLearning and mLearning, so we've created this blog post to save you time doing your research. Here, we list down four of the main differences between both terms

You might want to check out these articles:

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Topics: eLearning, mLearning

Mobile Learning: A Designer’s Guide to Fighting Learner Distraction

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 @ 02:22 PM

One of the biggest issues in eLearning is distractions. The brain is constantly bombarded with stray thoughts even when users exert great self-control. The problem is yet more pronounced in mLearning, as devices themselves may cause distractions such as phone calls, email alerts, and the knowledge that the user could easily be doing something different. The average mobile user also has a short attention span — most people skim headlines and prefer bite-size content to long articles.

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Topics: mobile learning, mLearning

Mobile Usage Habits of Today’s Corporate Learner

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, May 27, 2014 @ 12:36 PM

The typical modern-day corporate learner never leaves home without his or her smartphone. This mobile device, after all, serves as an extension of technology-savvy individuals. With it, they search the web for information, scour data online to learn, and keep themselves entertained. This alone creates new opportunities for you and other eLearning professionals to reach the always-on corporate learner.

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Topics: mobile learning, mLearning

Mobile Learning 101: Everything an Instructional Designer Needs To Know

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 @ 10:02 AM

The web is abuzz with talks of mobile learning. With its rise come many benefits, from higher productivity to better engagement. But with all the noise or constant stream of data online, it's difficult to find really useful information. That's why we've gleaned some links to resources specifically to help instructional designers get a holistic view about the subject.

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Topics: mobile learning, mLearning

SHIFT's New Feature: Scenarios and Avatars for Any Mobile Device

Posted by Angela Alarcon on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 @ 03:25 PM

2014 started off right, full of motivation and effort clearly focused on meeting our commitment to quality and innovation in every action we take.

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Topics: SHIFT news, mobile learning, mLearning

Creating Your First Mobile Learning Course? Here’s Some Advice

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Mar 18, 2014 @ 10:35 AM

A common misconception is that eLearning materials can be simply transferred into mLearning courses. However, during the transfer, it is necessary to rethink the entire instructional design: mobile learning requires minimalism, it focuses on granular design, and it must be instructionally solid to provide a satisfying user experience graphically, navigationally, and cognitively.

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Topics: eLearning, mobile learning, mLearning

4 Reasons Companies Should Adopt Mobile Learning…Are You Missing the Boat?

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Mar 11, 2014 @ 09:48 AM

There is no question about it: now is the time to embrace mobile learning. Mobile learning, or mLearning, is a rapidly growing area for training and development departments in organizations of all industries. With the amount of mobile devices exceeding 7 billion (the world’s current population), mobile technology has provided companies with the opportunity to reach employees in new and striking ways. “Twenty-first century learning is not confined to a geographical location, or a particular space designated for learning purposes,” explained Colley & Stead, 2009.

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Topics: mobile learning, mLearning

The Mobile Workforce – Everything You Need To Know in 5 Infographics

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 @ 11:03 AM

It's no secret that our portable devices have changed the way we work, live and learn. They still are changing things, whether we like it or not. Mobile isn't a trend, it's a new reality, and those that plan for it will reap the rewards. 

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Topics: mobile learning, mLearning

Mobile Learning Stats that Will Make You Rethink Your Training Strategy

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 @ 11:49 AM

There is no question that mobile devices are changing corporate learning forever. However, this doesn’t mean classroom-based training or formal eLearning courses are going away, it just means the mobile movement is demanding companies to rethink their training strategies and to create learning programs especially for mobile devices.

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Topics: mobile learning, mLearning

Getting Started With Mobile Learning: 7 Quick Tips for Success

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 @ 10:53 AM

Today, there are more mobile devices than babies are born. For trainers and educators the message is clear: mobile must be a key part of your training plan or you will be left behind. But, that doesn’t mean that learners want PowerPoint presentations on their mobile devices. Content needs to be adapted for the purpose to be truly effective. It should be simple, accessible and should meet the specific requirements of the different devices. 

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Topics: mobile learning, mLearning

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