mLearning provides multi-device support and is undergoing a shift from a fixed layout to a dynamic or responsive eLearning design. In this article, I answer 5 questions on how you can use responsive eLearning design to create better learner engagement.
What is responsive eLearning design?
Responsive eLearning design draws its inspiration from responsive web design concept that allows the website to be viewed on devices.
Responsive eLearning design is an eLearning format that responds to the screen size of the device on which it is being viewed.
Here’s an example of how responsive eLearning design will look on multiple devices:
Look at the all-pervasive usage of mobile devices in our daily life and it only stands to reason that they should be used for providing access to learning. We have seen the push for eLearning come from learners and the organizations have responded by integrating the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy to provide flexibility to users to learn on the device of their choice.
Today, most of the corporate training needs can be offered on mobile devices with the flexibility to learners to take up part of training on desktops/laptops and balance on the go (on tablets/smartphones).
Supporting this is the transformation in authoring tools where earlier adaptive tools are now giving way to fully responsive tools that create significantly better User Experience leading to higher learner engagement.
As I have mentioned, there has been a steady evolution of the authoring tools and currently, there are 3 tracks:
These offer layouts that are optimized across devices.
Adaptive design tools.
These too offer multi-device support but the content will shrink to fit smartphones. The popular options here are dominKnow Claro, iSpring, and Articulate Storyline.
Here is a list of tips that you can use to create effective responsive eLearning design:
So far, we have noted how you can use responsive eLearning design to create an optimal User Experience on each device. Another interesting and highly significant aspect is to use the device (given its main characteristics) to be used for a specific type of learning. For instance,
I hope this article showcases possibilities that responsive eLearning design offers and how you can use it for high impact training and better learner engagement. You can go beyond its capability to lay down the eLearning content to the device’s size and dimensions. Instead, you can use each device to play a significant part in the learning journey. Do contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any queries.
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