Beyond the Basic LMS Mobile App

By Joy Church Millard, Sr. Editor, Expertus

Give learners, managers and instructors a premium mLearning experience with these future-now features

Joy Church Millard,
Sr. Editor,

The eternal battle in learning is to make training more convenient…accessible. Enter the LMS mobile app.

In the rush to deliver learning on-the-go, many “apps” started out as simple web-browsing tools. Then, because they were a pain to use…pan, zoom, swipe down, repeat…they began to adopt a mobile-first design. And while this was a huge improvement, that’s where most LMS mobile apps have stayed, for years.

Of course, mobile technology, and LMS tech for that matter, have continued to evolve. So, isn’t it time to move beyond the basic LMS mobile app?

Following a few “future-now” features that marry the best of LMS functionality with the latest advancements in mobile technology to thoroughly delight your m-savvy learners, managers and instructors.

One-click Learning─The Contextualized Dashboard

A mobile app breakthrough that bridges all users (learners, managers and instructors), is a contextualized dashboard view. This is typically the first screen users see, and it presents all of the pertinent metrics and action items related to their roles. For learners, this could be how many certifications they have in queue, new learning announcements, their training plan progress, eCommerce activity, etc.

In ExpertusONE Mobile, all dashboard items are fully interactive, with one-click access to the related metrics. The dashboard page also dynamically refreshes after every interaction, so users always get the most up-to-date, real-time information.

For example, a learner opens the app and sees they have two announcements, then clicks the icon to read them. Automatically, the dashboard screen refreshes the announcements tally from two to zero. This is the same workflow that people are accustom to on their phones. They power on, see the number of texts or emails they have, and that tally is redefined as they view them.

This is a small, but important, detail that makes the mLearning experience mirror people’s daily habits—which makes training more palatable.

Note: If your LMS is profile-driven, your LMS mobile app should be too. It should contextualize the learning experience per each user’s profile specifications, like language, job role and access level…and it should allow users to change their profiles via the app.

Ideally, the app should be designed so that users never have a reason to use their desktop again. They can do everything from their preferred (beloved!) mobile device:

  • Beyond the Basic LMS Mobile App