Mobile Learning Courses Must Be Designed Meticulously

Mobile Learning Courses

The Emergence of Mlearning

The influx of personal mobile gadgets like smartphones, iPads, and tablets, as well as the emergence of compatible operating systems such as Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Firefox OS, etc has influenced the e-Learning field considerably. As a result, Mlearning has become a reality in our time. Of late, ‘desktops’ are mainly meant for ‘in-office’ purposes. Moreover, such small gadgets are easy to carry and will also facilitate easy web surfing while on the go. The majority of the present-day population prefers the handiness and compactness of cell phones and tablets over the immobility of desktops. Besides, the major search engine ‘Google’ has already announced their preference for mobile-friendly websites. This move is exactly in line with the prevailing penchant of the modern internet users. If instructional designers neglect these practically observable facts and create e-Learning courses that are functional only on desktops, for sure, the created courses will fail to attract the attention of customers.

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Create A Better Learning Experience by Converting PDFs into E-Learning Modules

Converting PDFs into E-Learning Modules

What do you know about PDFs? The first thing that comes in your mind is plenty of papers, lengthy written word documents, ultimately leading to boredom which cannot be resolved at any cost!! Thus to simplify this particular process it is better converting PDFs to E-learning modules. E-learning is a much easier and convenient way of learning as well as gaining extra knowledge with a quicker pace.

E-learning modules are the converted versions of PDFs, thus converting PDFs to E-learning wont haunt you everywhere and every time. PDFs have been considered while creating company documents, announcements, terms & conditions, policies newsletters training material, etc. Due to the evolution in the technological know-how, there is availability of E-learning courses as well as e-learning modules as such.

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Interactive Videos in Simulation based Learning

We were working on an eLearning course for a power generation corporation. The course was on Electrical Facility Awareness Program to train Engineers about “Where is What?” in their facility center.

The challenging part of this project was, we need to display the facility center like a real environment; more like a simulation based training and avoiding the use of images. Developing a game based or simulative environment for a software training is easy but using same methodology for a facility center was a very different experience.

We decided to go with 3D model to show the workplace environment (the facility center), but it was going out of client’s budget.

Finally we came up with an approach to do a video shoot of the complete workplace. We then added hotspots on the running video for the learners to click and reveal relevant information.

The final product came out very well and the feedback we received from the users was excellent.

Following the similar approach, we have created a course on ‘Driver Licence Test’.

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Simplification of eLearning Design for Effective Course Content

Simplification of eLearning

The main purpose of eLearning courses is to make the training material (or learning) as simple as possible for the students rather than giving all sorts of irrelevant information. You need to put in relevant information, and make sure it does not cross the human brain’s capacity to understand and be able to store all that. Improving the quality of the eLearning content is a major hurdle faced by all designers. Well, here is one rule that can help you do it – “Keep it Simple”.

Simplicity in your eLearning design helps you impart the information in the easiest way possible. The content gets lost if you clutter too many details. Less information is always more. It is an art to be able to keep it simple.

Here are some tips to keep your eLearning courses simple yet effective:

Understand the audience you want to target: You need to understand your audience for the eLearning courses while you make your eLearning design. This makes the readers more engaged while they go through it. It helps you put the focus on the relevant details only. Not understanding your audience is the first step at failing in your course design.

Maintain your focus on what is most important: The developers should focus on the most important aspects of the course to be able to make it as good as possible. By making a simple course, the learners receive only as much material as they will be able to understand and absorb. This is the most important part for a developer. Going overboard with the content complicates the whole process of eLearning. Take out only the relevant details to include in your content, and drop the rest. This ensures that your students enjoy learning rather than getting bored or bombarded with too much. They have only limited time, and you need to impart as much as possible within this time limit. So, include only what is essential.

Make judicious use of white spaces: White spaces make sure the screens are not too cluttered, and look free. Learners get confused if there is too much of graphics or writing on the screen. They do not understand where to look at, and that spoils the whole course. A good eLearning design requires judicious use of white spaces. It amplifies the focus of your content, and makes it more readable and understandable. It looks more attractive and interesting as well.

Add enough visuals to make your content exciting: Use pictures and visuals to support your text. It reduces your effort, and also that of the students to absorb it. It makes learning fun and interesting. Place as little information as possible, and use pictures and visuals to put the impact. A picture can speak and communicate much more than words can, so make full use of it.

Say a big NO to wordiness: Use very few words to explain what you want. Do not describe too much. It helps learners to understand faster.

With these tips, you are sure to implement some good eLearning design to make your eLearning course more interesting and simple.