The training landscape is changing rapidly and we’ve entered the mobile era. Is your organization adopting the changing trend? Catering to the training needs of tech savvy workforce is becoming a challenge for you? Some thoughts flashing through your mind on what to do? Yes! You are right in your thinking – ‘mobile learning is the best option.’
But the ONE thing that is really bothering you can be this – how to convert my ILT or e-learning courses on various training programs to mobile learning. When we say converting the training content for m-learning, it is not simply resizing and displaying via mobile devices. It is designing the learning courses specifically for various mobile devices. This post gives you a few hints on how to convert your training content to mobile learning.
1. Develop a Content plan
When organizations are contemplating mobile learning or decide to implement, they need to draw a comprehensive content strategy. When you have a well-defined content plan ready at your disposal, you can utilize the valuable training content to the maximum extent on mobiles. Creating a course outline will help you define clear learning objectives and goals. It is also useful to integrate the existing content and newly added training content for the mobile medium.
2. Prune the content
Take the content which is absolutely necessary and avoid other content ruthlessly, as the mobile or iPad screens are relatively smaller than PCs. Avoid large pictures, graphics and charts for easy accesson mobiles. This is the key when you organization moves to mobile learning from ILT or online training. Full length e-learning courses are best suited for desktops. Crunching the learning content without losing its effectiveness and importance plays a vital role in converting to mobile learning. Pruning the ILT content into bite sized chunks is best suited for mobiles. Instead of dumping the whole content and many learning points in one module, delivering 2-3 learning takeaways in a micro module is crucial for m-learning.
3. Make the user Interface simple
Keep the navigation keys and interactive elements simple and straightforward. Minimize heavy interactive scenarios which need more clicks. Sometimes in the business of clicks, learners may deviate from the actual learning. Moreover, your sales force and other executives travel often, so it is better to keep that in mind while designing the user interface, when you convert to mobile learning.
4. Insist on responsive design
Mobile devices of various sizes are availablein the market. So it’s not wise to consider one specific mobile device while converting your online content.It’s better to bid for responsive design, which will fit all mobile devices, irrespective of size. Text and visuals will also be automatically resized without haze.
5. Provide offline content
Your workforce uses mobiles for learning in various situations and settings. Remember that they are on move, may have limited or no connectivity. Providing offline content and downloadable quick help materials are useful for their performance support. Native apps provide this flexibility and when your learners come online; their learning activity will be updated on the LMS.
Converting your online or ILT training content to mobile is not a costly exercise. These suggestions will help your organization make a smooth transition to mobile learning in a cost effective manner. Your move of going mobile will pay your organization rich dividends in the form of higher productivity of the workforce.
Are you planning to convert your online training content to mobile learning? Have suggestions or questions? Share your thoughts. We would love to hear.