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Posted on Wed, 03/13/2019 - 01:03
According to a Forrester survey, almost 66% of the employees use two or more devices each day. 12% use tablets for work. Driven by the extensive use of mobile devices, creating mobile compatible learning solutions is no more a matter of choice. Responsive design responds to whatever browser or device you use to access it. It blends as if it is created specifically for that browser or device. The content will shrink or expand to provide your learners with the best possible experience. This design is increasingly becoming crucial with the rise in popularity of mobile devices and the Internet.
According to Smart Insights, US internet users spend roughly 2.8 hours each day on their mobile devices. It is true for your millennial employees too. This figure alone gives you a reason to make your online learning mobile friendly. You don’t want to miss out on the large chunk of online users, do you? These users do not have a standard device unless your organization offers to provide them with it. Most organizations prefer their employees to buy their own devices. The screen sizes of these mobile devices vary widely. Only a responsive design can make it compatible with all of them. It helps provide a seamless user experience.
Using a responsive design helps you reach a larger audience. The new-age learners will be left out if you design only for desktops. The modern learners are born into technology. They use it to access information on-the-go. So, when they look for personalized learning, they should not have to look elsewhere. Responsive design also helps improve your SEO ranking. When there is one course, instead of multiple versions of it, it is easier to direct traffic there. Better SEO ranking helps your course stand out.
When you have a single version of a course, it is easier to maintain it. You can cut down on the development costs to a great extent. It is easy to update content too. In this ever-changing world, your courses should be dynamic. You should have the option to add and delete information based on the changes affecting your industry. When you have one master copy of the course, it is easier and faster to update it. Imagine having to update 5 different versions of the same course every time you change a word!
The beauty of mobile learning is that it can be accessed anytime and from anywhere. So, if an employee starts a course on his tablet, he can pause and resume it on his mobile phone later in the day. He need not have to start from the beginning. He can take up from the exact point he left. Responsive design helps in enabling this sequential screening that promises a seamless user experience.
In this era of multi-screens and multi-devices, designing learning only for desktops will not work. Your content needs to be compatible with various mobile devices if you want to cater to the millennials in the workforce. It is high time that you factor this into your training strategy and budget.
At Designing Digitally, Inc., we create mobile learning solutions suited to each client’s needs. We will do a thorough need analysis and help you understand which mobile solution is best suited for you. Mobile learning is the future of training and is here to stay. Are you ready for it?
By Designing Digitally, Inc.
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