Online Learning Mobile Strategy

Sep 26, 2012

Hi there,


We are team of eLearning developers working for a medium to large size corporation. We've used Articulate Studio and other tools for some years now and now we are looking into Storyline to go mobile and support corporate online training via iPads, Playbooks, and smaller mobile devices such as BlackBerry, iPhones, etc.


We have been dealing with the fact that one development process does not fit all. That is, PC, Ipads development can't also be delivered via smaller devices (iPhone, BB, etc). We believe that development for these smaller devices needs to be separate and be done differently in order to accommodate with the visual restrictions. In fact we believe that there are at least two very distinct streams for the development of Mobile delivery. One that focuses on Laptops and medium devices (iPad, Playbook. etc) and another separate development stream for iPhones. Although these two are separate development/delivery mechanisms, they both leverage each other within a overall delivery strategy. For example, we could smaller videos or just-in-time quick informational sessions via Iphone/BB to entice users to a more thorough online learning via iPads/PC. we thin that real online training can't be done via these small devices but rather use them as part of an overall online promotional strategy.


I'd be interested in any thoughts anyone can offer regarding this subject as a mobile online Learning strategy is becoming more important as days go by. Is there anyone there with the same problem? What is the industry saying about this? What is the best way to tackle this and make sure we nail user adoption?....




7 Replies
David Baker


I too am just starting to look at providing training via iPads and mobile devices. I do recall seeing an article some time ago about creating the learning within the size of the device. That is, creating a different file for an iPhone using the actual screen dimensions. Anyway, as I said, I am fairly new to mobile as well, but I have found some nice articles and have connected (virtually) with some individuals who are very knowledgeable in the field. 

Here is a recent article titled 50 Resources to get started in Mobile Learning:

I am also follow these two individuals on Twitter that post great information and links: 

RJ Jacques (@rjacquez) and Mayra Aixa Villar (@MayraAixaVillar)

RJ Jacques has a facebook page as well:

Mayra has a very nice blog. Here is one of her posts you may find usefull:

I hope you find this useful and good luck. 



Mayra Aixa Villar

Hi Rahmat and David, 

It`s great to hear about companies which are starting to make the transition to mobile learning solutions because at some point, every company will need to offer this kind of experiences to their learners/users. 

RJ Jacquez and I have been working on mLearning for some time now and we also believe that one size doesn´t fit all. In addition to this, we think that in order to approach mLearning design we have to rethink our instructional design strategies. It´s necesarry to focus only on the relevant content and actions in order to offer an engaging, effective and seamless learning experiences through mobile devices. Furthermore, we are convinced that when you understand the full potential of mobile, you can offer more than just performance support. 

Special thanks to you, David, for following and supporting our work!

Please let me know if there is anything else I can assist you with. All the best with your future mLearning projects! 

Rahmat Costas


You are right in that it would have to be different output files. I think you could create one output file for iPad/PC and another output file for smaller mobile devices such as BB, iPhone, etc. I am not convinced that full blown eLearning modules should be delivered via these small mobile devices and I think they should be used for smaller teaser and promotion of other online training delivered on a tablet or PC. If you were to try to deliver same training module in Large -Medium (PC/tablets) and small devices (phones) not only the output dimensions should change but also the look and feel of the module to accommodate for larger fonts, images, etc. the entire content should be redesign to visually accommodate for this small devices..

Thanks again for your comments.


Rahmat Costas

Hi Mayra,

I've been working on eLearning for the past 18 years. mLearning is a new phase and challenge for all of us in this area. I completely agree with your comments. Now I need a sound mLearning strategy moving forward without really over committing my developers to duplicate efforts in order to deliver online training in all devices. As I mentioned before,  I am not convinced that full blown eLearning modules should be delivered via small mobile devices. Instead,  they should be used for smaller module teaser trailers and promotion. Either way, you are correct to say that different instructional design is the right approach.

as a start point, is there an already existing strategy example mapped out using storyline that I can use as the a base template for cross device delivery?? It'd be interesting Articulate or somebody comes up with a sample implementation story we can all learn from. Otherwise, I can share mine whenever we get there

Thanks for your all comments.


Paul Schneider

Hi Rhamat,

I agree with you in terms of the different design and mobile tablet being more like desktop but smartphone really a different animal.  There was a good article at learning solutions mag that speaks to this you might want to check out.

Nick Webb

There was an interesting LSG webinar fronted by Kineo a couple of weeks ago. They were deomstrating their HTML 5 framework, built around the principles of responsive web design to create content that repurposes for different devices.

You can see the recording of the webinar on YouTube

LSGWebinar | Steve Rayson: E-Learning in a multi-device world - 2012-09-20 - YouTube

It looks pretty impressive. 

I think they raise some interesting questions for Adobe and Articulate and the output their toolsets are currently capable of. I would love to hear what Articulate make of the webinar and the ideas posed, and whether Articulate are moving in this direction at all.


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