Mobile Courses

Whether you are making your e-learning content for PC, tablet or mobile devices, the instructional design remains mostly the same (with a few exceptions). That means it's only during the design of the courses that a new approach needs to be adopted. Depending upon your budget, requirements and content media, this approach can fall into the following categories:

Responsive Courses

If you're developing a course from the ground and the content is mainly text and images with some assessment, it's best to create responsive courses. These courses will adjust and accommodate according to the screen sizes and will show differently on different device forms. An example of what responsive is can be seen if you open this page in a mobile and see how it adjusts to the new form factor. you can also reduce the width of your browser window and see how it adjusts as you reduce the width of the browser to a quarter of the screen.

Flash to Mobile Friendly

Apple does not support Flash (Everyone knows that!). So, if you have your courses in heavy flash files, which usually are the case, then they will not run on the iPhone. But that is not all. Even though Android does supports flash, it's not meant for very heavy flash files like general, courses are built. Moreover, a flash based e-learning course is optimized for a desktop that has some navigation at the bottom, some glossary, download icon at the top etc. If you just stretch the entire course to fit on your mobile phone, you can't read anything. On every screen the user will have to pinch-zoom and read parts of the screen. This is very cumbersome and frustrating.

In that case, it's better to keep the flash based course for the desktop and create an alternate version for mobile devices. It is also possible to switch between the course modes and still keep the history of the usage intact. For an example, if the user accesses the flash course and reads until page 5. When the same user opens a mobile friendly version, he will start from page 6.

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