Mobile forces you to rethink how you're trying to help your learners

Posted on Oct 06, 2016


Geoff SteadGeoff Stead is Director of Digital at Cambridge University and brings years of experience in bringing learning to mobile devices.

We talk through some of the reasons why mobile is so important to learning and development, the technology behind it and some of the potential future areas that are going to allow more effective learning.

Find out more about some of the projects Geoff mentions in the podcast at

Follow Geoff on Twitter: @geoffstead

This interview was originally recorded as part of the Big Sponge Hangout in July 2016.

The questions and their times are provided so you can skip back and forth to learn more on a specific subject:

  • 00:26 - Why do you like working in the mobile space and why do you think it's become so popular?
  • 01:45 - What are the main things people need to consider when developing elearning for mobile devices?
  • 03:28 - Are there any areas where mobile learning is particularly appropriate?
  • 05:39 - Do you have any tips for working out the best approach for them?
  • 09:08 - Are there any implications for tracking learner data across mobile courses?
  • 14:04 - Do you have any practical tips on introducing deep analytics of mobile training?
  • 16:35 - Can you share some examples of successful mobile approaches that achieved surprising results?
  • 22:21 - Do you think wearable tech has the potential to enhance learning in the near future?
  • 24:52 - What would you say to someone who isn't already convinced to use mobile in their learning strategy?
  • 27:25 - What excites you the most about the future of mobile technology in learning

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