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Whitepaper: The Future of Mobile Learning: Empowering Human Memory and Literacy

Yes, it’s official. I’ve written a whitepaper.

Actually, I wrote it a while ago, but just haven’t gotten around to reformatting it. This is actually a paper that I wrote for one of my classes recently just before I graduated, and it was edited by Mayra Aixa Villar. When editing the paper at the time, it was she who suggested that I either present this somewhere, or post it as a whitepaper here on my blog. Since I’m not able to get to any professional meeting anytime soon, I’m taking the latter suggestion, and posting it here. So, before anything else, many thanks to my friend Mayra for not only editing and providing criticism on this paper, but for helping me feel confident to put my work out there. (Muchas gracias, mi amiga querida!)

That being said, this whitepaper is entitled, “The Future of Mobile Learning: Empowering Human Memory and Literacy.” The basic concept behind this is that many of the basic elements that humankind formulated to enable memorization and literacy throughout history are basic elements that are used and needed in formulating the foundations of creating effective m-learning.

I hope my readers like the paper and find it helpful. Please download, pass around, and/or refer to this page! (Oh, and if you’d like me to present this somewhere, let me know! ;-))

Whitepaper: The Future of Mobile Learning: Empowering Human Memory and Literacy

Edited to add July 2015: This paper has now been presented three times as of July 2015, at the 2014 e-learning 3.0 Conference at Drexel University, at the 2015 STC-PMC Conduit/Mid-Atlantic Technical Conference, and as a presentation/workshop at the 2015 IEEE ProComm.


Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

6 thoughts on “Whitepaper: The Future of Mobile Learning: Empowering Human Memory and Literacy

  1. Hi,

    I just read your white paper on mobile learning and found it very interesting. Your paper is titled Empowering Human Memory and Literacy. And I am writing because I have authored an online literacy program called We All Can Read. For four years now I have published an online edition of the program at But just this year I have published a mobile version of the program at I am a believer in mobile learning if for no other reason than that for so many people around the world, their smart phone is their only source of access to the Internet. I read that in India, 79% of the people who access the Internet do so from a mobile device. Many adult literacy students in the U.S. do not own a computer in their home, but a majority of adults in the U.S. have a smartphone. This fact is particularly true among young people. I read that 66% of adults between the ages of 25 to 34 own a smartphone. I have no idea if my program is of interest to you, but after reading your white paper I thought I would share information about my mobile web program with you in the event it might be. Thanks, and congratulations on receiving your MS!

    Jim Williams

    1. Thanks, Jim! It looks like a great program. I’m still trying to figure out what I’ll be doing next, as I’m not a teacher, but I’m glad you shared your site, so if anyone is reading these comments, they can benefit too! 🙂

        1. Ooh, this is a great article! I’ll use ScoopIt later to repost here and on my Twitter and Facebook account as well later! 🙂 Thanks for the link! Mobile is definitely the way to go, and I read more and more industry chatter about the need to embrace it. I’ll comment more later as well. 😉

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