ADL has been actively involved in mobile learning industry research, design, and development for many years, and in July 2009 began looking at it strategically to meet the learning needs of the DoD. The effective use of mobile technology brings us closer to personalized learning more than ever before, resulting in offering the right learning resources, training, and performance aids to the right person at the right time and place. Mobile Learning should NOT be only viewed as a replacement, an alternative, or as a new addition to existing training delivery methods; it can be either a complement to traditional learning or a flexible means to deliver primary learning experiences that cannot be managed and delivered in any other way. Many organizations are now incorporating mobile devices and technology into their learning environment. However, they should not only be thinking about how Mobile Learning can support their overall training strategy, but also about how it can be used for improving performance in a more direct way through mobile performance support.
Mobile Learning comes in various forms, including, but not limited to, the following:
Short instructional courses or microlearning
Performance support materials (e.g., checklists, job aids, reference guides, audio, video, and augmented reality)
Access to coaches or mentors, study aids, and test preparation
Contextual learning by using geolocative services, sensors, augmented reality, and Internet of Things (IoT) services
Spaced learning by delivering short segments of content over a longer period of time for improved retention
“Retrieval practice” quizlets (usually delivered by SMS)
ADL regularly interfaces and collaborates with DOD Service stakeholders and U.S. federal government organizations on emerging mobile technologies and capabilities. Please see the research area links for more details on our focus areas, or contact us about new opportunities for collaboration.