The mobile market is growing at a mind boggling rate. A huge number of people are accessing learning via mobile devices. It is predicted that tablets will outsell PCs and laptops by 2017. Large corporations have started supporting Buy Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. This means, each employee will bring their own device to work. As a result, devices will come in all shapes and sizes, and will vary in quality and resolutions. Since there will not be a standard device at work, it makes sense to create e-learning, or should we say MLearning, that will work across all the mobile devices.
Some trends that course designers need to keep in mind
Here are some trends that are reshaping the workplace learning scenario. Have a look.
Trend 1#: Move over Flash, welcome HTML5. This is the smarter way to deliver engaging learning content on mobile devices.
Trend 2#: The rise in the number of organizations embracing the BYOD trend has coaxed designers to take a device agnostic design approach. There is no point designing for each device separately.
Trend 3#: Shuffling between different devices while taking a course has become very common among learners. Thus, designers will have to create responsive courses that adjust to different screen size and resolutions.
Trend 4#: Mobile learning have encouraged designers to create bite sized learning content, instead of just shrinking web pages across all devices. Creating crisp content takes care of the scroll bar. No one likes to scroll through pages of content on a small device, or a large one at that.
Trend 5#: Gamification on a mobile device is fun and engaging. It is an effective way to teach abstract concepts. Taking assessments on the mobile is also seeing an upward trend.
Trend 6#: Designing learning based on real-time learning and geo-location technologies means that learners can have real-time dashboards to supervise their development. They will have access to the right experts based on location.
Articulate Storyline supports mobile learning
Progressive disclosure is a design technique to enhance user experience. Here, the learners are shown general information first, and then they are asked to perform an action to get additional information. This way there is no information overload. The accordion template in Articulate Storyline is a perfect example of progressive disclosure. The learner sees the main content and explores each section at his will.
Another significant consideration is the canvas size. An approximate canvas size for courses that need to be accessed through PCs, laptops, and iPads is 960×640. Of course it may vary depending on the requirement.
Articulate Storyline provides options to publish as an HTML5 and/or Articulate Mobile Player output. The Mobile Player is a free ipad app and optimizes the content that is viewed on iPad. The output is also compatible with Tin Can API-supported learning management systems, like Articulate Online.