SHIFT's eLearning Blog

SHIFT's eLearning Blog

Our blog provides the latest best practices, tips, insights and thought leadership on modern corporate training, eLearning and mLearning.

By: Karla Gutierrez

September 1st, 2015

Understanding The Difference Between eLearning and mLearning

eLearning | mLearning

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: Is M-learning versus E-learning or are they supporting each other?  Mobile Learning versus E-Learning – Is There a Difference? mLearning: The Way of Learning Tomorrow The Different Uses of E-learning and M-learning Desktop Versus Mobile Learning mLearning Is Not eLearning on A Mobile Device From E-Learning to M-Learning: A Different Beast Right Time and Place: mLearning Use Cases

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By: Karla Gutierrez

May 27th, 2014

Mobile Usage Habits of Today’s Corporate Learner

mobile learning | mLearning

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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By: Karla Gutierrez

April 17th, 2014

Mobile Learning 101: Everything an Instructional Designer Needs To Know

mobile learning | mLearning

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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By: Angela Alarcon

March 19th, 2014

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

SHIFT news | mobile learning | mLearning

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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10 Writing Strategies that Drive Up Learner Engagement

10 Writing Strategies that Drive Up Learner Engagement

Powerful writing is required for powerful eLearning. This eBook will help eLearning developers master the art of writing and tap into the power of words to create memorable courses.

By: Karla Gutierrez

March 18th, 2014

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

eLearning | mobile learning | mLearning

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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By: Karla Gutierrez

March 11th, 2014

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

mobile learning | mLearning

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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By: Karla Gutierrez

January 23rd, 2014

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

mobile learning | mLearning

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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By: Karla Gutierrez

March 21st, 2013

Getting Started With Mobile Learning: 7 Quick Tips for Success

mobile learning | mLearning

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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