This is the fourth post in a series of “Articulate Storyline – A Boon for Learning Designers and Stakeholders“. In case you missed the previous post, here it is “Interactivities with Articulate Storyline – The Trend Setter”.
Is eLearning on iPad a fad? Do you think you should really consider delivering your courses to iPad? Let’s see some interesting facts that highlight the importance of iPad in corporate learning.
Apple has really changed the global learning system; ASTD in a webinar on Mobile Learning stated that it’s the iPad that gave an impetus to mlearning in the workplace. According to Forbes, The Yankee Group estimates that tablet shipments will grow from 233 million in 2013 to 1.094 billion in 2017. I think these insights are enough to give you an idea on why you should really start caring about delivering courses to iPads.
As there is a certain difference between e-Learning on tablets and PCs, developers need to adapt to a kind of design that makes eLearning courses play on iPad. Below are several key differences that should be considered.
Consider Adult’s Finger
Course’s controls and elements should be specially adapted to the finger-tip control. See that the course clickable area should be big enough for an adult’s finger. Include more spacing between the touch targets so that it improves user accuracy.
Consider Screen Size
Smaller screens of tablet make the images unclear, so images should only be used if it is relly necessary. The screen size of a tablet ranges within 7″ – 10″, which is quite smaller than PC’s screen. On a tablet screen, smaller fonts appear unreadable and small images are difficult to distinguish.
You should have simple navigation. Make sure that the course is easy to access and easy to understand where ever the learner is. Keep your design simple to operate and understand
Articulate Storyline for mobile learning
As we have seen the dominance of iPad in eLearning industry, but when it comes to developing your courses that are adaptable to iPad, choosing the right authoring tools is imperative
Thanks to the amazing authoring tool Articulate Storyline for facilitating a smooth transition into HTML5 online courses from traditional flash based e-learning
Storyline is capable of producing e-learning courses in Flash, HTML5 as well as iOS format from a single source. The great attraction factor here is the ability to produce courses in HTML5 and iOS format because they enable mLearning
Convert your PowerPoint
You can import your PowerPoint training material into Articulate Storyline and publish them to iPad. You can transform PowerPoint presentations into an engaging eLearning courses by using characters, themes, interactive elements, and quizzes offered by the tool.
Touch Savvy Interactions and Interfaces
Articulate Storyline features touch friendly Interactions, quizzes or puzzles, table of contents and tablet compatible user interface solutions. The published courses are aesthetically apt for touch driven devices.
Articulate Mobile Player
Articulate Mobile Player is an iPad app that provides media rich eLearning course on iPads in the most aesthetic way possible. Articulate Mobile Player beautifully displays interactive e-learning content created in Articulate Storyline.
With Articulate Mobile Player allows your learners to download content for viewing when they’re not connected to the internet, they can also save content to Favorites with a single tap (source: Articulate Press release)
Pause and Resume
Make your content more mobile with the ability to pause and resume anywhere, anytime. Since, Articulate Storyline allows you to publish eLearning courses to both SWF and HTML5, learners can pause the course on mobile and can resume the same course on their desktop from exactly where they paused.
It is the fifth post in a series of “Articulate Storyline – A Boon for Learning Designers and Stakeholders“. Stay tuned for my last post to know what training programs you can develop with Articulate Storyline.
What are you doing to help make your courses more tablet-friendly? Kindly share with us.