Tips to Get Started with Multi-Device eLearning

Jul 10, 2018 | e-learning, instructional design tips, video-based learning | 1 comment

Multi-device eLearning has become a worldwide teaching method employed by instructors of all educational subjects. This is thanks to its extreme convenience which can be accessed via a smart device anywhere, as long as there is an Internet connection.

Various useful tools for multi-device eLearning also contribute to its success. When prudently combined with the proper technique of teaching, they drastically boost student’s absorption of information.

Below are some tips to get started with multi-device eLearning, as well as tool suggestions for interesting multi-device eLearning.

8 Tips to Get Started with Multi-Device eLearning

 

1. Reduce the Launching Time

Shorter time to get access to the content will lead to higher subscription. This can be achieved with the right choice of online training platform. But be careful, this task may be a little trickier than it sounds. A platform whose templates are customizable is in demand. Such platform will be of great help in converting the content into deliverable lectures in a matter of minutes.

 

2. Be Compatible with Numerous Devices

User-friendliness is the key here. That’s why your courses must be designed to match with multiple devices to help them accessible for all users via any smart device (smartphone, laptop, tablet, etc.) they possess, instead of via certain PCs at their workplace or assigned station.

Amongst various materials for eLearning, videos seem to be the best choice regarding multi-device compatibility. Their ability to be re-scaled and their wide range of resolutions help them fit in numerous devices, from 17-inch laptops to 5-inch smartphones.

Another good choice of material for multi-device eLearning is cloud-based courses. They oversee the update and ensure the widespread of your lessons, no matter which device your learners are using. Additionally, this solution encourages the quick, convenient interaction between the students and the teacher because everything is performed online and no download is required.

But try to avoid piecemeal solutions. They only delay the launching of the program as they put in the time-lag.

3. Be Considerate

You don’t have to spread yourself thin with many headings for one session. Instead, beginners should concentrate on one certain idea for one particular course. And while you’re at it, remember to put your learners’ limited attention spans into consideration. Too long and too much information at once may overwhelm the viewer, no matter how attractive the module is presented.

30 minutes may be too long to keep a mobile learner engaged in the lesson. So, keep your lessons short and highly focus on the main topic. Split the content up into smaller parts, cover the main information – just enough to help learners grab the concept, and don’t race for video length or word count.

4. Make Good Plan

Every project needs a plan to develop on. But, the big question is, what exactly to put into consideration when planning an eLearning course for numerous devices?

It’s nothing much. The following is the main aspects you need to chew over:

  • Workforce: e. your staff and other teams. Check if they’re ready because you’ll need their support in implementation.
  • Resources: Other resources should be made accessible for every online learner via mobile gadgets.
  • Compatible devices: Because smartphones are the most employed learning tools, the course needs to be “mobile-friendly”.

 

5. Take Advantage of Animation

There is a wide range of materials for multi-device eLearning to choose from. Adding some more interesting effects helps your courses not only less dry but also easier to understand (and to remember, by extension) for students of all ages.

Take animated videos for example. Although a video-based course takes the teacher more effort and time to create than a slide-based one, it really helps the content stand out. The whole teaching and learning session will be much more appealing and interactive to online learners. Moreover, because videos can simplify even the most intricate concepts, they possess the power to better learners’ knowledge retention.

What about infographics? These are great choices as well. Animated infographics can describe each stage in a process illustratively, as well as highlight the key points in a lesson. Consequently, this kind of animation improves the learners’ absorbing capability.

However, note that when leaners have to resort to eLearning courses, they are often short on time. So, whatever your chosen method is, don’t get carried away but do try to keep everything succinct.

6. Content Assemble

To see what is to be weeded out for being irrelevant, you have to gather all of what you possess and run through them first. This includes the old LMS (if any), and every file of the tutorial in the format of video, graphic, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc. Distribute them to your stakeholders and staffs to disseminate the work.

After all things are sorted out, you can apply the trimmed base to the appropriate LMS software platform.

7. Test Your Course

Each user has his/her own smart devices, and thus, experiences the course differently. Therefore, our advisable routine for beginners is to create the course, test it with different users regarding various aspects, and collect users’ reviews of each aspect.

Specifically, test your course on different browsers and different kinds of devices. If possible, you should try to establish a “product team”, including real users, to fasten the work of collecting feedback.

8. Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst

A successful eLearning course is the dream of any multi-device eLearning beginner. But things sometimes don’t go as planned. For example, not every smartphone can browse an in-depth course smoothly (if at all). So, this type of eLearning module isn’t for those learners using their phones as main eLearning devices.

That’s why it’d be necessary for the teacher to put a note that lists all of the suitable devices (laptop, laptop, tablet, etc.) for each course at the beginning.

5 Tools for Interesting Multi-Device eLearning Courses

 

1. Schoology

Schoology is a management system used for learning purposes. It smooths the making of class rosters, calendars, and curricula. Other than that, it helps users (teachers, lecturers, creators) monitor their students’ interactions and assessment results.

This tool is especially useful for higher-education institutions, corporations, and K-12 schools in personal messaging, calendar management, web hosting, and so on.

2. Kahoot

Kahoot is ideal for creating quizzes and questionnaires for better visual aids in eLearning. Both sides (the creators designing the quizzes and the audiences answering them) can easily interact with each other. Moreover, this tool can serve a wide range of devices. Plus, it can promote a fun atmosphere in your eLearning class, making it so favored by both teachers and students of all ages.

 

3. Lectora Inspire

Lectora Inspire is employed to develop rapid content creation across numerous portable platforms. This tool allows the user to create the course once and make device-specific customizations. That’s why it is being named one of the best desktop software options by developers of web-based training tools.

4. Quizlet

Quizlet is a member of the Presentation Makers group, which allows the user to produce study resources and share with the whole class with ease. Fun study products (e.g., quizzes, games, flashcards) can be made using Quizlet. That’s why the student finds it so interesting. What’s more, this shareable tool is compatible with various handheld devices, too!

5. instaGrok

instaGrok is a search engine which helps the user find related videos, images, and terms based on the student’s questions. At first glance, you might see it’s nothing different from Google, but in fact, it is specially designed for educational purposes.

And yes, instaGrok is highly recommended for students who learn to organize research for the first time. It allows the student to quiz themselves on different topics. At the same time, it can transform the task of searching for project content into a collaborative experience.

Whichever tool you’ll choose, in the end, make sure it meets two main conditions:

  • Firstly, your choice must depend on potential devices you’re aiming at. That means all kinds of portable gadgets. Therefore, your chosen tool must make your eLearning courses responsive to all smart devices, with or without supported devices entailed.
  • Secondly, it is the challenge regarding the screen sizes of all devices. After all, why would learners bother to follow an eLearning course if they cannot read anything when using their phone? So, there is no point employing a tool that is unable to help in adjusting (and stabilizing) your multi-device eLearning courses to screens of all sizes.

 

Conclusion

As the need for portable-device eLearning is rocketing up, beginners who wish to start eLearning courses are easily overwhelmed by innumerable choices of how to best start their dream. For a novice, it may be a bit tricky at first. But with the right choices (based on tips and tools above), you can build your own multi-device eLearning courses successfully. Thank you for reading!

 

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