According to Towards Maturity, 47% of businesses now use mobile learning for their training needs. Students at schools and universities are switching to mobile e-Learning in similar numbers. In fact, mobile e-Learning has become so popular that there's now a word it - m-Learning.
If you're an e-Learning author, knowing how to optimise content for mobile is becoming more and more important.
Leave the hard part to us
eCoach automatically resizes your content for mobile or tablets, meaning that you don't have to remake it in a different format the same way that you would in some authoring tools.
Whilst we take care of the technical aspect of m-Learning creation, though, there are some ways you can create more engaging content if it's primarily aimed for mobile:
m-Learning works best bite-sized. Of course, in large part that's due to the smaller size your learners' screens, but it's also because of the way that people consume content on their mobiles. People use their phones on public transport, or lunch breaks, or whilst watching TV. The typical mobile learner is usually short on both time and attention - they simply won't be able to digest long content. Keep your m-Learning short and snappy, and you'll see completion rates skyrocket.
Cut down on clutter
Everyone knows you can't fit as much on a smartphone screen, but it's not as simple as just cutting out a few words. Consider splitting content that would usually fit on 1 tile across 3 or 4.
Don't be afraid to use eCoach templates
It's tempting to stick to simple Text + Image templates when creating m-Learning content in eCoach, but we believe m-Learning should be as interactive as traditional desktop learning. Our Presentation templates scale to mobile - don't be afraid to make use of them.
Keep multimedia to a minimum
Videos can eat up your learners' phone data and put them off completing your courses on the go. Music or audio will fall on deaf ears if your learners' don't have headphones on them. Try and stick to text, images and templates to avoid this.
Test your m-Learning
Many authors create and send out m-Learning content from the comfort of their desktop. To really understand how your courses look on mobile, you need to get your hands dirty and test it out yourself.