The future of elearning is mobile. Even with the present challenges mobile learning of non-standard screens, operating systems, browser support there is no real doubt that mobile learning is fast becoming widely accepted to deliver and help manage activities around learning delivery.
As mobile learning gains ground there will be (and already is) a growing need to look beyond notifications for users and quick-follow-up assessments through mobile devices. There is a need to look at porting some other critical learner and administrator side LMS functions to mobile platform/devices.
I have listed what I feel is a list of 10 useful (need to have) features in a mobile version of an LMS (for the sake of simplicity I have segregated them into Learner and Administrator functions):
1. Access to all notifications on mobile version as in the main LMS version. This is not the SMS notifications but access to all messages, announcements, and news on the dashboard of the mobile version. It still needs to be available in an easy to view manner. Most LMS systems present a host of notifications on their dashboards – these may not get moved to the mobile version if not properly designed.
2. Even if the courses available to a user are not mobile-friendly, users should still have access to information to give a consistent view to his/her personalized learning plan.
3. Same view to learning plan as in the mai
n version. At least the view has to be same even if some components may not work on mobile devices – they have to be highlighted appropriately.
4. Access to Support center. Very helpful and useful. Users should be able to post a queries to support without needing to log in to the main LMS version.
5. Ability to change password and retrieve forgotten passwords.
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