Many authoring tools can deliver content to mobile devices. The tools provide this capability by using a mobile device screen template and output files that work with the mobile device operating system.
However, tools are emerging that are specifically designed for mobile learning; for instance, providing authoring capability for audio learning content (e.g., spoken word, podcasts) along with associated interactive assessments and surveys. Other tools are optimized to provide e-learning content through the phone's web browsing capability.
There are several e-learning content authoring tools on the market that offer a mobile-friendly output version of your content. However, some of them are designed to run within their own platform and stand-alone portability isn't always possible. Some of these support SCORM output. Some of the tools that we've seen only target one screen size. This is not a definitive list of all types of mobile tools, but serves to provide a starting point for investigating tools that support learning delivery.
DIY Toolkits provide a convenient way to create native apps without having to use an SDK or have a strong technical background. Some key points to remember about DIY Toolkits:
Examples of current DIY Toolkits (in alphabetical order):
The ADL Mobile Learning Team is currently collecting information on available tools from vendors. Responses to date (27 July 2011) include 36 vendors in the spreadsheet and PDF files below.