Mobile learning can be called byte-sized learning, learning on the go, portable learning and by many more names. The anytime, available nature of mobile learning enables learners to take up the learning activities at their own pace. Now that learners have integrated mobile learning into their learning activities, it is essential for instructional designers to design eLearning courses effectively for mobile devices.
The design and development of mobile learning should be viewed differently from that of eLearning, due to aspects such as variations in screen size, available memory and design and layout of the device.
Here are a few tips that you can follow before designing mobile compatible courses.
1. Analyze your audience: Before developing mobile learning, it is essential that you analyze who your audience is. You need to understand their learning requirements and how they benefit from mobile learning. This sets the stage for instructional designers to decide on the complexity of design of the course. It should also be remembered that the course for mLearning has to be designed, keeping in mind the limitations and capabilities of mobile devices.
2. Keep your content short: Once you have analyzed your audience, it is now time to focus on the presentation of the content on mobile devices. Here are some tips you can follow for handling content.
- Break the content into small and manageable chunks.
- Replace long text with audio.
- Divide the content in such a way that it conveys a single purpose.
- Ensure that the content is presented in an interactive manner.
3. Decide on instructional strategy: Your learners may not spend much time on their mobile devices for learning. Hence, you need to ensure that the first slide of your course itself is so engaging that motivates your learners to take the course. There are various ways you can adopt to accomplish this.
- Scenarios or case studies could be used for compliance training or safety training.
- Videos works well for product training. They can be used to demonstrate the working of a product or machine.
- Assessments are useful to retain and reinforce learning.
4. Decide on the visual design strategy: While designing a mobile learning course, you need to consider a few visual design aspects such as how the visuals or multimedia work on mobile devices. You also need to see whether the small screens of mobile devices can accommodate graphics and images effectively. Here are few things you need to remember while using visuals in your course.
- Use PNG, JPG or GIF images that are supported by mobile devices.
- Avoid background images as they may clutter the screen.
- Avoid scrolling as mobile users may not like going through lengthy content.
- Use fonts and colors that are easy on the eye.
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