The use of mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets is increasing day by day. So, many organizations are training their employees through mobile devices. Also, with the implementation of the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy, most of the employees are using their mobile devices in the workplace. M-learning provides learners easy access to information anytime, anywhere.
Here, I would like to share some best practices which you can follow, while developing mobile compatible courses.
- Consider the device, while developing the course. (iPad, Smart phone, iPhone etc.)
- Avoid using Flash objects and other formats that are not compatible with smart devices.
- Avoid the scroll bar because it is very difficult, as the screen size is small.
- When you are using media such as audio and videos, consider the file formats as all formats are not supported by all devices. The duration of the audio should be minimal to avoid loading problems. The video dimensions should be small. Here are some recommended formats for audio and videos.
- Video: .MP4
- Audio: .MP3 format and quality of 128 kbps
- Use a larger font size to avoid zooming of the screen.
- The buttons’ size should be large, for easy navigation, as we use fingers and not the cursor.
- Avoid text on images, as some devices compress images that results in the text not being visible clearly.
- Use simple interactivities with minimum clicks to avoid functionality problems, while clicking.
These are some of the best practices for developing mLearning courses. Have some more? Please do share!