Mobile platforms are already the norm; they are no longer the wave of the future. Our culture of constant movement isn’t abating.
Learners want the most recent information to be easily accessible across all different platforms, but especially on their smartphones and tablets, whether they are waiting in line for lunch at the deli or for a doctor’s visit. Your workers anticipate that their workday will be just as mobile as their daily lives.
To have more motivated, effective, and connected employees in 2022 and beyond, developing a mobile eLearning strategy will be essential. Your training will be incorporated into the movement if you develop mobile courses that employees may access at anytime, anyplace.
This blog post’s goal is to assist you in creating a framework for how to begin executing a mobile learning strategy for your business or the business of a client.
Note this! A mobile course’s components and design philosophy are VERY different. It all starts with dipping your toes into the mobile learning pool and becoming creative. Scaling up will be obvious once you’ve determined what works.
1) Familiarizing Oneself with WHO
Choosing WHO will use the course is the most crucial step in producing it.
Some important things to think about are:
Do they perform outdoor hard labour or work in offices?
The degree of mobility your course content should provide is determined by this. For instance, a course with more audio, video, and visual information will be more advantageous for outdoor workers (info graphs, etc.)
Do they take many trips? Employees who frequently travel for work may find it helpful to access training materials on a plane or in other offline settings. As opposed to the conventional responsive path that necessitates a constant Internet connection, this can prompt you to think about creating a native mobile application that consumers can download to their phones.
What level of schooling do they possess? They’re tech smart, right?
What applications and programmes do they utilise daily? — Let’s add some additional classes to the one we’re taking.
Will taking the course improve your audience in any way? Knowing their objectives and expectations for the course is crucial.
What draws them to your course, exactly? What abilities do they wish to develop? Do they want to enroll in the course? If you find out they are not, you must consider ways to involve them.
2) Familiarizing Oneself with “When”
It will be crucial to take phone usage trends into account when building courses because you want them to be accessible to students on any device. Knowing WHEN your students are using their phones will show beneficial in making the learning experience worthwhile.
They claim that these five “Moments of Need” inspire students:
- While they are first learning a particular concept (New)
- When they desire to study a subject in depth (More)
- When they need to remember or apply anything (Apply)
- When they need to fix something that has broken or solve a problem (Solve)
- Whenever a change occurs (Change)
By taking advantage of these opportunities, you can improve your mobile training initiatives and connect with your staff where they are most relaxed—on their mobile devices. By identifying them for each learning objective, we can develop 24/7 engagement possibilities.
3) From Your Phone Screen to the Monitor
The first thing to keep in mind when developing a mobile learning course is that the content you currently use only on computers will not perform as well on a mobile device. You’ll need to organize content into digestible bullet points, highlight important concepts, and simplify modules because you won’t have a lot of time and a little screen. Additionally:
Graphics: Media should be kept to a minimum because how the learner views the course will depend on how they use their phone (vertical or horizontal). Additionally, it’s crucial to avoid using large photos or graphics due to the phone’s limited storage space to avoid slowing down learners. Videos work incredibly well on mobile.
Content and learning: To ensure the success of your mobile programme, you must obtain high-quality content that makes use of the capabilities of mobile devices. Don’t just discard your current material; modify it for the new platform.
Distractions: During mobile adaption, one of the most obvious things to keep in mind is that the learner will be using their phone while dipping in and out of activities. As a result, you should be aware of the distractions and make it simple for pupils to resume where they left off.
Make sure the content is bite-sized for mobile (10-15 minutes max). For 30-minute online learning modules, learners won’t be rushing to their smartphones.
Navigation: For the learner’s experience, this will likely be one of the most (or least) difficult aspects. As was already noted, if students are frequently logging on and off, you’ll want to stop this contact.
Analyzing student behaviour may reveal whether to ease up on the course’s level of difficulty or offer more material for subsequent study.
4) Planning for a Responsive Course: Behind the Scenes
The success of your mobile software will heavily depend on your choice of writing tool. Choosing a responsive authoring tool that 1) supports HTML5 and 2) demystifies the complex technical information will be two important considerations.
The safety of the user’s experience with the course is crucial!
Learners expect the course to function on all the devices they use throughout the day.