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Going Mobile: How to Harness Mobile Technologies for Learning and Performance

May 07, 2014
60m 54s

The promise of mobile learning is the ability to reach employees with powerful information, support tools, and interactive content when and where they need. Only recently, with the rise of tablets, smartphones, cloud services, and BYOD programs have we reached a tipping point where mobile learning can meet this promise. It can extend an existing L&D program, support learning transfer, provide the access point for social and informal learning, and take on-demand performance support in entirely new directions. Organizations using the right mobile learning strategy can achieve performance gains not possible through traditional learning or even e-learning.

This hour-long session will provide a brief summary of the mobile landscape and the current and future impact it is having on the learning profession. It will also provide concrete guidance on the key decisions required to make mobile learning a part of a broader learning strategy. Participants can expect to leave the session with a greater understand of the possibilities of starting a mobile learning project and creating a mobile learning strategy.

Karen Burpee

Karen Burpee has over a decade of experience in designing innovative learning solutions to drive performance improvement in the workplace. Her extensive design experience touches many different industry sectors, as well as government and aerospace/defence. From a learning perspective, she has experience in designing blended solutions, including eLearning, instructor-led, game-based learning, and advanced simulations. Karen holds a BA (Hons.) from St. Thomas University, as well as a Bachelor of Education and a Master's of Education in Instructional Design from the University of New Brunswick.

Karen has presented at many industry conferences on using alternate reality games for workplace training, instructional game design, and mobile learning. Most recently, Karen co-presented practical design considerations for transitioning from eLearning to mLearning.


  • Impact of mobile technologies on the learning profession
  • Key decisions required to make mobile learning part of a broader learning strategy
  • Key differences between designing for eLearning vs mLearning
  • Technical and design considerations to make the transition to mobile smoother, faster, and cheaper