What activities should you favor for courses designed for mobile devices?

The 360Learning app, available on Android and iOS, allows learners to follow training programs directly on their smartphone or tablet and helps encourage participation and improve responsiveness.

When creating your courses and programs, you must keep in mind that a learner’s user experience is very different on desktop and mobile: on mobile devices, connection times are shorter, screens are smaller and a limited number of features are available.

From an educational standpoint, you should favor short activities (questions, texts, videos, animations, etc.) and pay close attention to formatting to retain learner attention and help pace reading (bold font, text with color, etc.).

Various tools, compatible with both desktop and mobile, are at your disposal:

1 - Tools available on mobile devices

2 - Tools available on mobile devices in offline mode



1- Tools available on mobile devices

Outlines and questions created using the 360Learning authoring-tool are mobile-friendly. Documents that you import from your computer are also perfectly adapted (images, PowerPoint, Excel and Word documents, etc.) to mobile devices.

To help you out, we’ve created a non-exhaustive list of tools that are optimized for mobile.

A- Videos and Animations


Youtube, Dailymotion, Vimeo
Integrate videos from these platforms in just a few clicks.

Screencast O matic
Create customized tutorials

Tiki Toki
Present your content as a timeline

PitchyGoAnimate
Produce your own interactive videos


B- Interactive Images

Prezi (iOS), VenngageGenially
Create presentations and infographics in just a few minutes.

Draw
Easily draw diagrams

Thinglink
Enhance your images with interactive content

C- Collaborative Whiteboards

DeekitPadlet
Add virtual whiteboards to your courses


2- Tools available on mobile devices in offline mode

The 360Learning application enables your learners to follow training programs in all circumstances, even when they do not have access to the Internet: our Offline Mode feature allows you to make courses available to learners even when they can’t connect to the Internet, provided that you follow our specific mobile guidelines.

Please note, at this time, only courses in the learning catalog can be viewed in offline mode.

A- What content can be included?

All outlines and question formats can be used, with the exception of open questions, ordered questions and imported outlines / questions.

If you want to use other content formats, feel free to use documents from your computer and import them into your courses.

Choose from a large selection of formats including:

- PowerPoint presentations

- Word documents

- Excel files

- Images

- Videos

- ...

To further diversify your content, you can also use the download options available for the tools we recommend.

We’ve provided a few examples below, as well as the steps to download the content you produce in image or video format, before importing them into your courses.

 

  • Venngage 

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  • Draw

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  • Pitchy 

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  • Goanimate 

 

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  • Screencast'o matic 

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  • Powtoon (upgraded version)

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Please Note: If your course contains content linked to a URL / embed link, you will not be able to make it available in offline mode.

This would amount to downloading content from sites including YouTube or DailyMotion, which is not allowed.

Please also remember that if you include a link to an external website, learners, who are not connected to the Internet, will not be able to access the page.

B- Who can view the course?

Offline mode works like a course available in the catalogue. Groups selected as having access to the course via the catalogue are the same groups that have access to offline mode for the regular platform.

C- How do I update a course that is in offline mode?

The process is as follows:

  • From the course editing menu, uncheck Offline Mode in the advanced options menu
  • Save changes and publish the course
  • Open the course editor and make changes
  • Select Offline Mode
  • Save your changes by publishing the course

  

Your turn!

Feel free to check how your course renders on mobile by downloading the app on iOS or Android.

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