New Job Aid Available for Instructional Designers: The Mobile Learning Decision Path (MLDP)

The Mobile Learning Decision Path (MLDP) is a new tool for stakeholders who are considering a mobile learning development project. Adayana, Inc. created this guide for the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative to help instructional designers plan and implement mobile performance support and to repurpose existing learning content for the mobile platform. The DoD’s Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) funded the project.

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.

The MLDP is a PDF document structured as a decision support job aid, with questions and branching to further questions and to best practices—depending on the answers provided at each step. Two sample projects illustrate how an instructional designer could approach a project using the decision path presented in the MLDP. One example assumes a conversion scenario, from desktop e-learning to mobile learning. The other assumes a performance support scenario, a fast-growing area for mobile learning solutions.

Consult the “Defining the MLDP Target Audience” diagram below to determine how the MLDP could help you.

Click here to access the MLDP (PDF, 5.1MB).

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