We live in a world where students are exposed to mobile devices, internet, 3D movies at an early age. As a result, their learning methods are not just restricted to traditional classroom learning. Today, kids demand learning that is intelligent, flexible, and available to them everywhere and on any device. Today, the same information can be accessed on different devices….be it a laptop, tablet or a smartphone. Keeping this in mind, educational institutions are offering content which is device agnostic. And with the pace at which we are using these devices to attain knowledge, there’s no doubt that multi-device e-learning is going to grow more popular.
There are a number of benefits to including multi-device e-learning in your curriculum:
- Students can assess the information literally whenever they want, and wherever they are.
- Mobile devices can create a new, exciting interaction mode
- Tailor-made solutions depending on the user’s need….for example, students with special needs can have certain accessibility features on their devices
- Extending the reach of face-to-face events to a larger community
- Being accessible to devices which are now more affordable compared to a desktop computer
Earlier, delivering e-learning content on a mobile device meant designing a specific interface for each device. But nowadays we no longer need to worry about this as the new devices are much more compatible with being included in the educational environment. To make a particular content accessible from multiple device, you need to make sure that it does not require specific applications, and is accessible with a single URL. This is why Responsive Web Design (RWD) makes perfect sense as the future of learning design because it takes all of these trends into consideration.
So, while creating a course that is going to be used on many screen sizes, make sure that the following things have been taken care of:
- The design includes dynamic layouts which helps elements to make the most of the space available
- Automatic detection of the features of the device being used and application of an appropriate style to all onscreen elements
- All images can be scaled to complement the device being used at the time
- Links, buttons, and characters are large enough to touch with a finger and all of the elements are responsive to the device-friendly motions
- Content is distributed within the usable spaces on the screen
While nobody can be certain about what the future of technology holds for us, one thing is for sure that we will continue to see more and more smartphones, tablets, touch-enabled computers, and wearables too. This means that e-learning on multiple devices will also grow. So, the importance of responsive design cannot be overlooked and those who are able to provide a seamless learning to the users can reap benefits of this trend.