As the learning technology is improving day by day, you need to make sure your eLearning courses work. On the other hand, you cannot ignore learners who are still using old learning platforms.
In the current generation of learning and training technology, you need to consider certain factors which help you take decisions about developing eLearning courses. You can consider these factors before the developing the course. Otherwise, you may have to rework completely or be able to deliver the course only to a limited number of learners. If the course is not compatible with the latest technology or learners are not having the latest tools needed to view the course, the support team will have a nightmare resolving the issues.
You need to consider 5 important technical aspects before developing eLearning courses to prevent problems.
After the HTML5 introduced major changes happened in the browsers. HTML5 is supported only by latest browsers. For example, Internet Explorer 8 does not support HTML5. If your learners have the latest version of browsers, then you can proceed with HTML5. If not, you need use HTML4 that works on old as well as the latest browsers. But you need to compromise on the advances features of HTML5 and cost of developing HTML4 courses is higher when compared to HTML5.
Another important factor, which may affect the course performance is the operating system used by the learner. The same course behaves differently when the operating system changed. For example, videos embedded in a course work well on computers having the Windows operating system but may not play on devices using MAC. Then, you need to convert the video in such a way that it works on all operating systems. Testing plays an important role, and you need to prepare a checklist based on your requirements and use it to test the course before releasing the course.
If you are developing the course for desktops, laptops or computers with large screens, you can follow old development strategies. You may also use Flash pieces in your courses, as all these devices support Flash.
If you are also looking to deliver the course on mobile devices, then you need to consider many factors such as diverse screen-sizes of various mobile devices, and mobile operating systems. .You also need to take into account how the course looks like in landscape and portrait views. All this results in a lot of effort to design and develop the eLearning content. HTML5 and responsive design are recommended to ensure effective access on all devices.
There are many authoring tools which can produce an online course in various formats. Each tool is unique in terms of its features. Based on the development and delivery strategy, you need to select the tool. You can go for authoring tools than manual programming because the course can be developed rapidly, made accessible on mobile devices and is easy to update. Captivate 8 has responsive design features which makes it unique. But, it has some limitations that need to be considered.
Even though you create a course by considering all the factors mentioned above, wrong decisions regarding the hosting platform may ruin the course. You need to make sure that the course works properly on the learning management system. When you decide on the development strategy and the tool, create a prototype and test in on the LMS. If all the tracking features work, then you can proceed with the full-scale development.
I have shared this information based on my experience. Hope you find this blog informative Do share your views.