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4 Tips To Improve Learner Engagement Through Responsive Design

4 Tips To Improve Learner Engagement Through Responsive Design

Responsive e-learning design or responsive design is a format that responds to the screen size on which it is viewed. The concept is similar to responsive web design which adjusts website layout to best utilize a given screen size. It, therefore, ensures that your content is presented in the most user-friendly manner on all target devices and get the intended learning experience.

However, it is not just about adjusting to screen sizes. Responsive e-learning design is significant in today’s world where everyone has a smartphone or tablet on them most of the time. This empowers learners with great flexibility in terms of when and how they learn, which, in turn, increases their engagement.

Here are some tips to help you get better engagement for your online course.

1. Make it work on the smallest device first
Start by optimizing your content for smartphones. Once that is done, then work your way up to larger screen sizes. Not only will this help you identify the absolute essentials of your course, it will also ensure that your content will look its best on all devices without compromising any one device.

2. Content presentation changes with platform
With different devices comes different ways in which people can comfortably view information on them. You must not present information on mobile devices in the same way that you present them on a desktop. A mobile device will have more restrictions.

Firstly, for mobile devices, focus on presenting only the absolute essentials first and allow for the exploration of related material in a layered manner.

Secondly, optimize file sizes so that your content will load as fast as possible. Mobile friendly content will need to load fast, but also should have smaller file sizes to account for mobile data charges.

3. Micro-learning works
In today’s busy lifestyle, people cannot always afford to sit in front of a desktop and take a 60-minute course. In this case, it becomes easier and efficient to divide up a large lesson into smaller 5 to 10-minute chunks. This makes it viable to learn through smartphones and tablets whenever the learner gets time.

Mobile platforms can also be used to supplement a course. Practice sessions, reinforcements, and assessments can be conducted through a mobile platform.

4. Customer feedback matters
No matter how well you have planned out your course, it is still possible that you have missed something, or a particular aspect of your design is not very attractive or practical. Therefore it is critical that you obtain and incorporate customer feedback.

Krishnan Subramoni