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Convenience, flexibility, engagement, and interactivity are all factors that make mobile learning more attractive to students, and learning management systems (LMS) vendors in particular have made significant investments in making their solutions mobile-ready. However, given the pace of change and demand in the consumer world, it is questionable as to whether vendors have made the mobile-optimized versions of their solutions compelling enough to use.


  • Ownership of mobile devices is high among students, which gives institutions a significant opportunity to offer mobile learning.
  • Institutional investments in mobility systems are increasing.

Features and Benefits

  • Gain insight into student mobile consumption trends.
  • Understand institutional investments in mobility.
  • Compares mobile offerings from LMS providers.

Key questions answered

  • What is the technology of choice for the student age group?
  • Which mobility systems are institutions planning on investing in during the next 18 months?
  • What are the mobile offerings from different LMS providers?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for institutions
  • Recommendations for vendors

Student mobile consumption is increasing

  • More people in the student age group have a smartphone than a laptop
  • Driven by a proliferation of devices, most institutions are investing in mobility

Mobilizing the LMS

  • Vendors are investing in mobility with several new releases
  • Successful mobile learning initiatives will require adaptation to changing student needs


  • Methodology
  • Bibliography
  • Further reading
  • Author

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