Very recently, I started working on mLearning courses and found that there is a lot of difference between eLearning and mLearning. The thought processes, which an Instructional Designer (ID) would have for making eLearning courses, are very different when it comes to mLearning. The complete strategy changes when designing mLearning courses, right from the instructional strategy to the technology.
So, in this blog, I will discuss the three important points which must be taken into consideration while designing mLearning courses.
Any eLearning course cannot directly be converted into a mobile learning course. There will be few parameters that affect the process such as variable screen size, layout, and compatibility.
1. Designing of the course with reference to your learner:
There is a difference between eLearning and mLearning; we need to shift our pattern or style of working. So, before you decide on the instructional strategy, make sure you know who the learners are and the behavioral change that is expected after taking the course, etc. M-learning courses are usually short, and they are primarily used to provide a quick recap of the subject-matter or as refresher courses. So, the strategy must be chosen thinking on these terms.
2. Using multimedia elements:
Like eLearning courses, mLearning courses need to be visually sound and interesting. But, we always have certain design limitations, like:
- Font size and style: Try avoiding fonts that are garish, and use a font of standard size which the learner can read on the small screens of mobiles.
- Images: When you use images, think about the bandwidth or the data constraints of the learner.
- Animation: Animations are the interesting part of training. But, including a complex animation in your mLearning course may not run on all devices.
3. Choosing the right technology:
Depending on the platform of the mobile device, used by the learner you need to select the RIGHT technology. For example most of the devices do not support Flash. So, we can use authoring tools like Articulate Storyline, Lectora, and Captivate etc. to develop the online learning courses. The other point is using responsive design, which will help provide a flexible view on any device. For example, a responsive online course can be accessed seamlessly on any device.
Hope you find this blog useful. Do share your views.