has been a hot topic for the past few years as we seen everyone go from dumb phones to everyone owning an iPhone or Android smartphone.
Today our smartphones are connected to the internet and a wealth of knowledge is available from anywhere. The question is, how will mobile devices change how we as consumers acquire new skills and how companies designed online courses?
1. 24/7 Accessibility
Mobile devices such as iphones, ipads, and smartphones allows us to constantly be connected to everything, whether that’s our friends through facebook or the latest news around the world. We are constantly starting to expect all information to be available in mobile friendly websites and sometimes even native apps.
should be accesible 24/7 including an video content that goes with that. Not only should all content be accesible in all mobile devices but expect your users to start watching an educational course on the way home and then switch to a tablet once they get home, expecting for everything to just start from where they left off.
2. Short and Useful Content
All of our interactions with mobile devices are very short, usually in the 1-5 minute range. This means that any content that we consumed also needs to be short or else we will be overwhelmed. This puts pressure on educational companies to cut their content into short segments to be useful in mobile learning
using the right tools or the right platform.
3. Provide Short Exams/Quizzes
Another thing to keep in mind is how you can quiz or test your users. Watching a 5-10 minute video should be followed by a short 3-5 question quiz. This short quiz will help your users remember the knowledge they just acquired and will make the short study session a success.
Instead of thinking of a 4-5 course, you should start thinking in 10-15 minutes chunks that can be consumed through any device and at any time. What is your experience with developing courses for mobile devices? Let me know in the comments.
The opportunity to study on the go isn’t new to educational companies.