I’ve just signed up for a new open course entitled ‘Instructional Design for Mobile Learning‘ which is facilitated by Robin Bartolettei, Rob Power and Whitney Kilgore. The course (which runs on the Canvas platform – a first for me) takes as its subject matter principles of instructional design for mobile devices and mobile learning. There looks to be a good mix of collaboration and communication using Twitter, blogs and discussion forums, as well as a practical element involving lots of creative activities such as making YouTube videos, Quizlets and mobile RLOs (re-usable learning objects).
I’m really looking forward to the course. I remember Rory McGreal at OpenEd10 in Barcelona urging us to “design for mobile first, desktop second.” While he was talking about open educational resources I think the same applies to learning content more generally. That view won’t sit well with those who still worship at the church of the VLE/LMS however.