I am consistently impressed by the innovative ways in which clients deal with mobile learning challenges.
I could write all day about them!
….However, today I want to focus on some very basic considerations, that, even though quite rudimentary, are vital to mobile learning success.
If you are looking for simple ways to instantly improve your BYOD (Bring your own device) Learning then read on!
Design the typographic style of projects for visual clarity
The layout and typography of your projects can impact a learners perception of how easily a task can be achieved.
A study by Song and Schwarz indicated that when learners read the first set of instructions in a clear font (e.g below) that they believed it would take around 8 minutes to perform.
When they read the same instructions in a font that is more difficult to read (e.g below) they believed it would take 15 minutes!
Key action: Experiment with what fonts and layouts your software can provide to improve the clarity of your message. The best Cloud based tools use Google fonts meaning you can guarantee that your learner will have exactly the same experience as you.
One of the benefits of collaborative learning authoring software is that it allows all those involved in the project to see what’s going on at any one time. This means you can work closer to your clients specifications, reduces the risk of mistakes and misunderstandings and the collaborative process leads to a more satisfying process for both agency and client. See here for one of our previous posts on prototyping.
Key action: Invest in software that allows simultaneous authoring.
Leverage video for training
Learning from video is a new norm. Many Millennials have grown up learning new skills in this fashion and almost everything has a YouTube tutorial!
Video is a powerful learning tool for visual learners and has a personal appeal unobtainable in text.
For more info on the power of video as a source of learning, have a look at this blog post.
Key action: Invest in software that allows and streaming integration.
Warning! Get ready for some particularly silly sounding words!
We are entering a new era of Natural User interfaces (NUIs or Nooeys!).
Whereas a GUI (e.g Windows) may use a visual dial or button as input to perform a task, a NUI can perform the same task but may use, say, a hand gesture as its input.
NUIs are great as they are accessible even to the least technologically versed.
Key action: Research whether your elearning software allows you to have Nooey interactions.
If so: Try integrating Nooey interfacing into your projects.
Squeeze those files
If your learners are using their own devices they won’t want to use up their data limit on e-learning!
Keep your video, image and audio files super small or they will be reluctant to access your materials outside of a Wi-Fi connection. People have different expectations for mobile learning, it is the norm to wait whilst files load on a desktop computer, whereas mobile learners expect instant access – bloated files make longer waits!
Key action: Either compress your files or work with software that allows streaming of compressed materials.
Consider device orientation
The biggest challenge of BYOD learning is how do you accommodate all screen sizes?
‘Mobile learners expect their e-Learning courses to resize with their devices either in Landscape or Portrait.’
If like me you find it hard to visualise how courses will look from code the easiest way to design for all devices and orientations is using WYSIWYG editors.
WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) editors allow you to see exactly what your learner will be viewing, extinguishing any guesswork!
Key action: Invest in software that allows you to easily design for all screen sizes and orientations in a visual manner.
Think differently when designing for touch
Touch screen interfaces differ from traditional platforms and so when developing your projects for tablets and phone consider the following.
Keep your design uncluttered, icon and text box overload can cause confusion!
Consider whether your buttons big enough, small buttons can be difficult to press on mobile screens.
Key action: Test, test, test, test! (If your software allows you to preview your project like this)
Get stuck in!
So there we go, some very easy, but not necessarily obvious ways to immediately improve your projects.
Have you got any simple tips to that will help others improve BYOD learning? Please leave comments below and help us and your fellow educators to improve.
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