As Smartphones continue to penetrate the PC market, it is estimated that by the year 2020, majority of the population will only use the phone to browse the Internet. Latest Smartphones have bigger screens and ability to stream at 4K speeds, along with enhanced battery life. As utility has become the primary factor, these features are helping the Smartphone to become the sole Internet-enabled device. Going by these facts, it is clear that most users will now use their Smartphones for online training or eLearning. A survey conducted in 2013 that reviewed two thousand learners, found that over 43% of them wanted to access their eLearning courses on their Smartphones. This simply means that professionals who want users to sign-up for their online courses, will now have to focus primarily on Smartphones users when developing their eLearning course-material.
The impetus has already shifted on creating eLearning courses that can be accessed on all kinds of devices. However, developers need to focus on creating a mobile-reading experience that will not just enhance the mechanism of eLearning but is also free from distractions. Here is a comparison between reading experiences offered by Smartphones and PCs.
Desktops and laptops undeniably have a large screen than a Smartphone, and it is generally much easier to develop eLearning content for them. The mouse pointer covers only a tiny fraction of the laptop’s screen. Comparatively our fingers might block a large section of our Smartphone’s screen while browsing. However, Responsive designing is one of the innovative techniques that have resolved this issue. Many such techniques can be used in creating touch-targets that are clearly visible and easy to tap, which can also minimize the obstruction from the fingers. Moreover, there are various procedures that address the issue of placing the primary content to make it much more visible on a Smartphone. The eLearning course thus created for Smartphones can be highly efficient and interactive.
Compared to a desktop, your Smartphone can be carried wherever you like. Even laptops are heavier than Smartphones and might not be as easy to carry. This aspect of mobility offered by the Smartphone makes it a preferred choice for the learners who wish to access their eLearning courses while on the move. Users can make efficient use of their time and resources, and need not be fixed at a place to accomplish their eLearning tasks.
As Smartphones are smaller in size compared to desktops, they can be conveniently held in one hand. This lets the users to place them closer to their eyes as compared to a PC. When learners have their eLearning content present closer to them, there is much less chance of any distraction. This simply means, learners can read their course content with much more concentration on their Smartphones than on their desktops. Moreover, learners can do this even while lying down, or even while strolling in the park or, in which ever position they feel comfortable. This induces a sense of intimacy which can also enhance the learner’s concentration.
As more and more learners switch to their Smartphones, the mobile revolution in the eLearning can no longer be ignored by training managers or eLearning developers. They now have to come up with novel solutions that can make their eLearning content much more Smartphones-compatible.