We all know that the desktop computer no longer monopolizes the online world. Today, people use a wide variety of devices such as smartphones and tablets, along with PCs, to access web-based content, and e-learning materials are no exception. The use of diverse devices to access technology-enabled learning resources is compelling companies to develop responsive online learning materials, which can be accessed seamlessly on any device.
Ever wondered why a website that looks great on your desktop computer does not look attractive when viewed on your smartphone? Chances are that the website does not follow a responsive design. The same problem is faced when you view e-learning courses on different mobile devices.
During the inception of e-learning, the number of devices on which employees took the online courses was fairly limited. So, developers used to fine-tune the course according to the kind of computer it would run on. These type of courses are termed as non-responsive, and they are designed to work flawlessly on a single device or, at best, a device class.
The evolution of technology has caused a paradigm shift in training. Organizations are making their content responsive, allowing learners to access learning anywhere, anytime irrespective of the device used.
The desktop computer no longer monopolizes the online world. Today, users of the Internet access web-based content using various mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, along with PCs. The growing use of a multitude of connected devices is compelling companies to make their online content responsive, so that it can be accessed on any device, irrespective of the platform it runs on and the size of its screen, and e-learning resources are no exception.
Responsive design is the talk of the town when it comes to future-proofing your e-learning courses. By making a single course compatible with multiple mobile and computer devices, it makes the lives of course developers easy. It also gives today’s millennial employees a flawless, cross-device compatible course that gels well with their methods of learning.
With the boom of mobile devices in the early 2000s, website designers developed multiple versions of the same site that would work flawlessly across all target devices. But, as the number of devices skyrocketed, this practice became increasingly difficult and to a large extent, impractical. As the popularity and functional capabilities of mobile devices continued to rise, the same problem soon presented itself to eLearning developers. Developing device-specific versions of courses was a daunting task, and soon new methods were developed. Responsive design emerged as a strong solution to tackle these problems.
Smartphones and tablets have established their stronghold in the everyday life of almost everyone. They are making an unparalleled impact on our lives. Naturally, they have also impacted the way we learn.
Internet users now-a-days have access to various devices with different screen sizes such as smartphones and tablets. These devices provide access to vast amounts of information and have become a necessity now.
You invest thousands of dollars to implement e-learning – develop engaging and interactive online courses, buy a learning management system (LMS) to host courses, and assign them to learners based on their roles. All good till here. Now what if a crucial segment of your employees – the field force does not get to access to these online courses?