The last few years have been quite revolutionary for the field of instructional design. Since the release of the iPhone in 2007, the “mobile revolution” has spawned an entire new design and delivery mechanism for training. Additionally, the focus on developing “courses” has evolved to developing “learning applications” and more "chunkified" content experiences. With this rapid pace of change occurring, it can be somewhat overwhelming to pause long enough to figure out how to leverage emerging technology in a meaningful way that appropriately supports the mobile workforce.
As we continue the transformation away from tethered to mobile computing, there are a few "new normals" for those of us that design learning experiences:
- Over the next 5-10 years more people will be typing on glass than keyboards.
- This year, over one billion Internet users will connect only through mobile devices. That’s half of all Internet users in the world. In Indonesia and Southeast Asia the majority of Internet access already occurs via mobile devices.
- The way you conceptualize content experiences now should be mobile-first, rather than PC first. The PC era is behind us.
- Most of the content that’s going to be developed over the next decade is going to be built for connected, mobile devices.
- You should be less concerned with the actual devices people are using, and more concerned with the operating systems on those devices.
- When people are using mobile devices, they are usually on the go or multitasking with limited attention spans. I recommend you focus on two strategies as it applies to mobile learning:
- Spatial data, which more than location-awareness, allows learners to access data around them, and
- Smarter search and social integration with search. You don't want to create data optimized for specific devices -- you want learners to easily access content relevant for them regardless of the screen they're on, wherever they are.
- The two primary elements of mobile socialization are the user’s social graph and their feed. Mobile devices need to integrate these elements seamlessly to create cross-device social experiences. The blending of people's digital life and who they really are, the things they do, and what they need is the real mobile revolution. It’s a new form of communication, adopted en masse because of its naturalness. Although there’s no common technology language yet, the ideal of social communities is anything but new.
- Connected, mobile devices is the primary way consumers will connect to your content in the future.
- There are now more searches conducted on mobile devices than on PCs.
- Mobile devices are basically appliances. A lot of the processing that’s happening on the devices is happening in the cloud.
- Hundreds of millions of users still use features phones, and feature phones will continue to be a major source of new-to-net users in the coming years.
- People want their achievements to be transportable and under their control.