The challenge and the solution
Aug 10, 2015
The Trend: “Bring Your Own Device” is a hot topic right now. Commonly referred to as BYOD, this is the practice of supplying your own smartphone, tablet or personal computer for work. For years it has been standard procedure for employers to supply the devices you need on the job. But a new report from Gartner predicts that by 2017, more than half of companies will require their employees to supply their own devices on the job. Furthermore, 81% of Americans already use their personal mobile devices for work, ranging from the occasional work email at home or on weekends to performing more involved work tasks.
The Challenge: The BYOD trend also has a few disadvantages, including security issues, compliance, data ownership and retrieval and various other factors. The biggest challenge for the e-Learning industry is designing mobile courses that will function well on all the devices users could bring to work, without even knowing what those devices are.
The Solution: One option is to convert your old e-Learning content to fit mobile specifications; however, simply modifying the desktop version may not result in user-friendly or easy-to-read training materials since the content wasn’t originally engineered for mobile devices. Another option is to develop new e-Learning content. When time and budget allow, creating new e-Learning content specifically designed for mobile devices will provide a more seamless and intuitive user experience.
Keep these key points in mind when designing e-Learning for a BYOD environment:
Designing for mobile is a challenge, but it’s clear that BYOD and mLearning are here to stay. Hone your mobile development skills now, and you’ll be leading the pack tomorrow! Lectora University has great resources to help you develop fantastic mobile learning courses. You can find tons of mobile templates to help you put your training in the hands of your learners in no time.
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