DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

Micro-Learning

Nobody wants to take a 45-60 minute online learning course these days. Time is short and modules today tend to be produced as micro-learning. These are small micro-courses of information on specific topics. These normally take no longer than 15 minutes in length to complete.

Breaking large amounts of information into smaller bite-size chunks is far more productive, reducing screen boredom and cognitive overload for the learner.

They can digest smaller amounts of information much better and will have a higher chance of actually remembering the content than if they took an hour long module.

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Mobile Learning – Responsive HTML5

With such an array of different devices and screen sizes available, digital learning today must be mobile responsive so that the content displays nicely across all devices, regardless of which type of device the learner is using.

Recent usage information states that over 51% of the worlds Internet users access the Internet via a mobile phone, this is expected to rise to 72% by 2025. (source: CNBC)

Modules must also be in HTML5 and no longer Flash (.swf) based, since the announcement by Adobe of the end of life of Flash in 2020 (see below).

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Why you need to move away from Flash based courses

Technology moves on

Flash (.swf) based elearning courses have been around for many years.

Although once the go-to format for elearning, times have changed and whilst Flash was fine in the 1990’s, learners today access courses on multiple types of devices, many of which no longer support Flash.

Why move away from Flash?

The first nail in the coffin for Flash came when Apple refused to allow Flash content to run on their devices (iPads, iPhones etc). Adobe themselves then announced they would no longer be developing Flash. More recently though, many browsers have started to remove the ability to run Flash; Google Chrome is one of the latest which does not activate Flash content as standard.

Many of the big name browsers including Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome and Firefox have already announced that from late 2020, Flash content will no longer be supported as more and more companies, including YouTube and others, move away from Flash based sites and content to modern HTML5.

DON’T be left behind with legacy, Flash based elearning courses – these will NO LONGER WORK from late 2020!

What should you do?

If you have legacy elearning courses that were built in Flash, you should look at having these re-authored in one of the modern authoring tools which will produce content that is HTML5 and mobile responsive.

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What is Mobile Responsive HTML5?

HTML5 is the new standard for online elearning courses and modules, replacing the old .swf Flash format.

Learners today access content and courses on various devices, so it is vital that any elearning now developed is both mobile responsive and built in HTML5.

This will ensure the course will not only work on all devices, including mobile phones, tablets, laptops and desktops, regardless of make or model, but that it will adjust to fit the screen size for each device accordingly.

Interactive Learning Assets

The powerful suite of Articulate 360 not only allows the development of mobile responsive learning in Articulate Rise 360, but if you require a bespoke interactive asset, these can be developed for you in Articulate Storyline 360 and then embedded directly inside a Rise 360 course.

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Authoring tools I develop with.

Below  are the main authoring tools I develop with.

Storyline 360 is one of the popular authoring tools from Articulate, and is part of their 360 suite of applications for easily creating HTML5 e-learning which works across all devices. The new responsive player dynamically adapts to tablet and smartphone screens, providing an optimal view of your course on every device. Storyline 360 has some rich functionality, and by utilising layers, variables and states I can create engaging elearning modules and courses.

Articulate Rise 360 is a browser based authoring tool which allows the development of courses for every device. Rise 360 automatically adapts courses to fit any screen size. It’s responsive authoring the way it should be.

There also a huge choice of interactive elements that can be incorporated into courses, including the option to embed richer, more complicated interactions developed in Storyline 360. These can be embedded right inside the Rise 360 course.

gomo is a scalable multi-device elearning authoring tool. It creates responsive and adaptive content automatically. From one single HTML code base, content can be published once and accessed on desktops, tablets and smartphones. gomo is a collaborative, cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) solution, accessible to teams from anywhere in the world.

Camtasia is not technically an elearning authoring tool but more of a powerful screen recording and video editing piece of software. This enables the recording of whatever is shown on your computer screen allowing you to turn that recording into a published video file. Used to make online lessons, screencasts, software tutorials or product demos. Screen recordings can be turned into compelling videos with Camtasia’s video editing tools, adding pan and zoom effects, call outs, animations, and other effects.

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