Responsive eLearning – It is no exaggeration to say that this is the most widely discussed topic in the world of online training. But what is this hype all about? Is responsive eLearning really a game changer? Does it require any special design considerations? To find out, we need to delve deeper into the developments in the world of Internet and how these impact eLearning. But first let us see the definition of responsive eLearning.
Before we see the definition of responsive eLearning we need to understand what Responsive Web Design (RWD) means. The latest paradigm in the world of web technology, Responsive Web Design (RWD), facilitates the development of websites that are "responsive" to varying screen sizes of different devices - from Smartphones to desktop computers and provide an optimal viewing experience
Responsive eLearning is the application of RWD to eLearning. It facilitates the development of online courses that can be efficiently accessed on multiple gadgets.
It is common knowledge that online training, to be effective, needs to adapt to the changes in the preferences of learners. The latest developments in the world of Information and Communication Technology have radically altered the way the online medium is accessed. Morgan Stanley Research estimates that by 2015, more people would use the Internet through mobile devices than desktop computers. This phenomenal increase in the number of people who use their mobile devices to access the World Wide Web has resulted in the need to look beyond Personal computers to deliver online courses. The results of a study conducted by Google also prove the same point. It reveals that 98% of Internet users switch between devices with varying screen sizes in a single day.
This leaves you with two choices. One, create multiple versions of the same online course for different devices or create a single responsive eLearning course that can be accessed effectively by multiple devices.
The first option comes with certain major challenges. Let us now see the drawbacks of developing multiple versions of the same course.
These issues can be resolved effectively with responsive eLearning. You need to create only a single course that can be accessed on gadgets with varying screen sizes and tracked efficiently using an LMS. But the biggest benefit of responsive eLearning is that it provides unparalleled learning flexibility to your people.
Responsive eLearning enables sequential screening - a learner can pause the online course on one gadget and resume it on another device exactly at the point where he/she has stopped. This makes learning highly flexible and user-friendly. Consider the following scenario:
An online course is assigned to a busy employee. He accesses the course on a desktop computer during working hours, but completes only a part of the eLearning program due to time constraints. He completes the unfinished part at his home by accessing the course on his mobile.
We have seen what responsive eLearning is and why it is needed. But what does it take to design a responsive eLearning course that helps provide the best learning experience for your users? Let us now look at 5 very useful tips that go a long way in the effective design and development of your course intended for multiple devices.
You need to consider the length of the page before you zero in on the images. Your strategy for presenting images needs to be based on these factors:
It is essential to remember that you do not get lost in the technicalities of making your eLearning course responsive and neglect the fundamental element of an effective course - the right learning content. Whatever device your learners might use, they deal with the content. Don't they? Make sure that the learners and the learning content continue to remain your first priority.
Responsive eLearning is still in its nascent stage and it will be some time before it fully evolves. However, there is not an iota of doubt when we say that the future of learning is responsive eLearning. What do you think?