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Apps versus Browsers – Which is Ideal to Deliver M-learning?

Apps versus Browsers – Which is Ideal to Deliver M-learning?

Welcome to today’s blog post. Recently, I had to update my skill set with one of the trending technology in the market that would be a great asset to my profile.

I’ve signed up for an eLearning course from a well-known open courseware provider. After enrolling for the course, I opened the course page in the browser of my mobile device to start learning. A small pop-up appeared that asked me to download a mobile application for a better learning experience. I wanted to give it a try and installed the application. I was curious to find out what difference it would make, and took the same course using a browser on the same device.

After completing the course, I felt the experience while using the application was better compared to the browser. The application adapted itself very well to the mobile environment, providing the best learning experience. Going forward with mobile applications for learning, I felt would be profitable to developers and beneficial to the learners.

Here are a few reasons why applications work better than browsers, when it comes to the delivery of mLearning programs:

  • Adapts to The Device: There are thousands of varieties of mobiles in the market and your content might not suit all. An application can be built to adapt itself to the device on which it is installed, making it more convenient for the learner to take the course.
  • Is Design Friendly: You can customize the look and feel of your application completely to match the context of learning, which may not be possible with a browser.
  • Facilitates Better Navigation: You can ensure smooth and easy navigation through the course with an application, as it is completely customizable. Whereas in a browser-based mLearning course, the screen will be filled with navigation elements of the browser as well as the device which may confuse the learner.
  • Supports Offline Content: This is one big advantage that I have noticed in application-based learning. You can provide the learner with content that can be downloaded onto the device and viewed later. The downloaded content can be well-organized in the application for easy reference. Downloadable content can also be made available through a web browser, but it would be difficult for the learner to locate this content stored on the device.
  • Enables Easy Updates: Mobile applications facilitate easy updates, thanks to the developer friendly SDKs (Software Development Kits). You can update your courses with new content at any point of time without having to go through lengthy procedures. This is because new, uploaded content will automatically adapt to the design. Whereas in the case of a browser, we have to do it manually.

Finally, going forward with Apps would be a better choice for both developers as well as the learners as they facilitate near to flawless learning experiences.

Hope you find this post interesting. Do share your views.

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