In the last few years, corporate training has seen an unprecedented surge in the usage of mobile learning and technology. Smartphones, tablets, and other handheld devices have become ubiquitous in workplace training. The growth has been to such an extent that learners today switch between multiple devices to access their learning content i.e., from desktop to mobile, mobile to tablet, etc. Smartphones and tablets give learners anywhere anytime access to learning content, which means they can learn truly “on the go”. They are no longer confined to desktops for training.
However, the diversity of smartphones used by learners poses a rather pressing conundrum – they all have different screen sizes. The importance of making your e-learning courses run on any device, regardless of the screen size and dimension is quite important. This is where responsive e-learning comes in. In this blog, let’s look at four reasons responsive e-learning will revolutionize corporate training.
1. Appeals to modern learners
If your organization doesn’t need responsive e-learning today, it is highly likely that the need will arise in the very near future. Reason? The modern workforce. Long gone are the days when learners used desktop computers alone to access an online learning course. Learners of the modern age expect e-learning courses to be created in a way that they accommodate multiple devices.
Regardless of which demographic group they belong to, modern learners consume and access learning content from a myriad of devices and spend more time on smartphones and tablets than ever before. Responsive e-learning makes the availability of multi-device access possible, which empowers learners to access training as per their convenience.
2. Keeps up with the latest technology trends
Remember the huge setback organizations had to endure when Adobe’s lack of support for mobile devices rendered all their Flash-based e-learning courses useless? This was because Flash-based courses were created using a non-responsive tool. As a result, organizations had to re-do or revamp their legacy courses so that they could support access to learning content on mobile devices.
However, the problem does not end there. Think of the mobile devices we used five years ago and you will soon realize that the screen sizes of our devices have changed drastically. Who knows where technology will be in another five years? A device-agnostic learning solution ensures that it stays up to date as technology advances.
With responsive e-learning, organizations can be assured that their e-learning courses will remain future-proof. It does not matter what devices come in the future, responsive learning courses will adapt to fit them.
3. Ensures just-in-time learning and performance support
The biggest benefit for organizations employing responsive e-learning is the ability to provide performance support to learners on multiple devices, when needed. For example, when a sales representative needs immediate information about a specific product before offering a sales pitch to a customer, responsive e-learning comes in handy. To make sure that he offers the proper sales pitch to help the customer make an informed decision, the respective content can be sent via the LMS for easy access, either on a smartphone or tablet. This way, organizations can help limit the product knowledge gaps that exist when sales reps are away from their desks, when learning simply isn’t accessible.
Employing responsive e-learning inherently offers organizations (and learners) both flexibility and accessibility. By equipping your learners with the course content and performance support materials when they will be useful, you increase their productivity.
4. Results in huge cost savings
Responsive e-learning means that the online course is created only once using a responsive authoring tool. The content in this view (i.e., desktop) is automatically positioned and adjusted for tablets and smartphones, in both portrait and landscape orientations. It cuts down on the additional costs incurred in creating several platform-specific versions.
Responsive e-learning reduces the time and investment it takes to design, develop, and distribute e-learning courses. This means you do not have to create separate courses designed for specific platforms. E-learning designers design only one responsive course that will adjust to whatever device it is being displayed on. Updating one course that is responsive is also much easier, eliminating the strain associated with tracking and updating multiple versions.
Responsive e-learning is a potential game-changer in today’s online training scenario. It allows e-learning courses to move seamlessly between different screen sizes and dimensions. A cross-device access to online learning courses is no longer “nice to have” – it is an indispensable feature. If you are going to offer your learners the chance to learn conveniently anytime anywhere, then it is essential that their experience is not hindered by how they are accessing it.