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College students frequently use mobile devices (e.g., smartphones and tablets) to access online courses yet online course designers often do not design courses with mobile learning in mind. This research identified seven national and statewide online course design evaluation instruments and examined the criteria that guide course designers designing online courses for learning with mobile devices. Currently, minimal guidance on course design for mobile learning is offered in most of the national and statewide online course design instruments. Research-supported design tips that promote device compatibility, content readability, format optimization, and mobile-friendly navigation are suggested in this paper to guide future online courses design for mobile delivery.

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This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in TechTrends: Linking Research & Practice to Improve Learning. The final authenticated version is available online at doi: 10.1007/s11528-019-00463-6