We know that our conversations have moved into our mobile devices; so have our banking, invitations, games, movies, music, and even alarm clocks. Why not move our e-learning programs as well into mobile devices? But wait, are you thinking of developing different versions of an e-learning course to fit the different mobile devices your learners use? Ah, you don’t need to! All you need to do is create e-learning in a tool that gives a responsive design output. Wondering what responsive design output is?
Responsive design means resizing the layout and on-screen elements automatically, based on the screen size of the device. For example, whenever a learner accesses a course from his mobile device, the onscreen elements are rearranged automatically depending on the mobile screen size. This technology is relatively new in the e-learning field and not many authoring tools provide this feature. Responsive design provides benefits to both employers and employees. Here are a few reasons why you should opt for responsive design for your e-learning courses.
One version for all devices
Every employee in the organization carries a different device. The screen size of each device also differs. With responsive e-learning courses, the challenge of developing different versions for different devices is eliminated, as a single version automatically fits all screen sizes. Content once created can be accessed by learners from different devices. With learning on personal devices, learning goes where the learner goes. For example, a sales rep can access a product knowledge e-learning course on his mobile device when he feels the need before a client visit.
To get the best ROI on your training investments, it is important to track the efficiency of the training program on a regular basis. When you have different versions of an e-learning course for different devices, tracking becomes difficult. With responsive design, it becomes easy to track the efficiency of the training program as you have a single version of the e-learning course. For example, if your sales rep completes only half of his new product training course on his computer before leaving for a client visit and resumes it on his mobile device on the way, tracking the course becomes quite easy as it is only one course accessed on different devices.
It is quite expensive to develop multiple versions of the same course. Moreover, this may not be a feasible idea when training budgets are shrinking and optimum use of the dollar is being demanded. Also, the course development time increases. Developing responsive design courses can help reduce the course development time considerably as you develop one version for all devices. For example, you need not develop a mobile version of the product training course for your sales team and a desktop version for your service team.
Which tool provides the best responsive e-learning course output?
Adobe Captivate is a rapid e-learning authoring tool that can be used to develop e-learning for software demonstrations, simulations scenarios, and more. Its latest version, Adobe Captivate 9, makes it a perfect tool to develop the best responsive e-learning courses. It provides an excellent support for HTML5 objects; helps develop several versions of a single course for multiple devices; and facilitates the seamless creation of responsive screencasts of your device’s screen. It also comes with responsive themes for developing courses for multiple devices and allows developers to preview the course for each type of device.
With organizations implementing the BYOD system (Bring Your Own Device), their requirements for training development have changed. And with employees’ preference for mobile devices increasing day by day, the future of learning is surely going to be responsive e-learning. Hope you find this blog helpful. Please share your thoughts through your comments.