Converting Legacy Courses Developed in Authoring Tools for Mobile Devices

Converting Legacy Courses Developed in Authoring Tools for Mobile Devices

As the demand towards learning through mobile is increasing, many organizations are looking for mobile compatible courses. Some want to convert their legacy course into the mobile-friendly format and the new courses to be compatible with all devices. To make the courses compatible with all mobile devices, they must be developed in HTML5 and based on responsive design.

After the advent of rapid authoring tools like Articulate, Lectora, Captivate, etc. most of them recommended these authoring tools for the course development, the main reasons could be rapid development, cost effective and easy updates in future. All these tools can be used to generate output in the HTML5 format, but cannot be used to create responsive design courses. Captivate 8 is the first authoring tool which has responsive design features. But, developers experience many issues in creating and hosting courses created using Captivate, on the LMS. In future versions of Captivate Let us hope that these problems will be resolved in the future versions of Captivate. Once these issues are sorted out, Captivate 8 may well become the top rapid authoring tool

If the legacy courses are developed using Articulate Studio or Articulate Storyline, then they do not have it will not have responsive design. You need an additional player to view courses developed with Storyline, on iPads. It does not work for mobile devices with small screens. It is not possible to create a single version that works for mobile devices as well as PCs. We have to create two versions and this makes hosting the course on the LMS and tracking it difficult. Articulate Storyline is the leading eLearning course development tool, and if its developers come up with responsive design then they can continue to maintain the position in the market.


Coming to Lectora, courses can be published to the HTML5 format. But, you cannot use this tool from Trivantis to develop responsive eLearning courses. Courses developed with Lectora can be viewed on all the mobile devices, but user experiences will be very poor. You need to scroll a lot and the text will appear very small. Learners need to constantly zoom and scroll to view the content. Courses developed using Lectora work on all LMSs without any problems, and this tool has lot of features to create customized interactivities.

Unlike other tools, Lectora produces clean HTML pages which can be easily understood by all HTML programmers. Programmers can edit the existing code of the published course and make it responsive and mobile compatible. It’s quite difficult in the beginning, but this will help programmers focus only on responsive design. All functionality and LMS compatibility code will be used as it is. The code generated by other tools is very difficult to understand or customize to make eLearning courses responsive.

Hopefully, soon, all these authoring tools may come with HTML5 with responsive design features. Do share your views.

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