At XLPro elearning, we receive a lot of inquiries from various organisations about responsive e-learning.

Hence I thought to collate thirteen frequently asked questions about responsive e-learning and present them in this blog.

1. What is responsive e-learning?

Responsive learning in simple terms is a single version of the course designed and developed for multiple devices.
Responsive learning took its form from the responsive design approach which helps the contents to get automatically adjusted to the size of the screen irrespective of the device used.

2.What are the benefits of responsive e-learning?

1.Create once, access the course from anywhere– As the definition suggests, responsive design is a single version of the course designed and developed for multiple devices i.e the learners are able to access the contents from any device and enjoy the seamless experience of learning across the various mobile devices like smartphone, iPads and tablets etc.

2.Cost saving- Responsive learning has helped the management to reduce their cost considerably on training the workforce.
With responsive learning, the management needs to publish the course in a responsive learning supported format and the rest is assured as the module will smoothly work across the devices.The management need not develop the courses for separate devices which helps them in saving the cost involved in module development.

3.Flexibility of learning-Finally responsive learning brings flexibility in learning, The user gets the flexibility to choose any device of his choice to learn.
For example, the learner can access the learning modules from any mobile devices, He wishes and he can start the learning process from his desktop and continue it on his mobile device.

The learner is no more bound by the restrictions like office hours as he is able to conveniently use his smartphone, tablets etc to finish the learning progress.

3. My company already own an LMS. Are we good to go for responsive e-learning?

This is a common question which I have faced many a time during the discussions with the various clients and users.

An organisation can start responsive learning only if they have a responsive LMS.
It is recommended for every organisation to check with their vendors if their current LMS is a responsive one.

4.In my organisation, I already use various elearning courses, which are developed a few years back? Should I get these modules converted to responsive e-learning?

I recommend you to check with the vendor to understand if the modules were published in a responsive design format.
If the modules are not published in a responsive design format, you need to get the contents restructured to make it compatible for responsive learning. For more information on how to convert legacy e-learning courses into responsive e-learning view our webcast.

5.Why should I shift to responsive e-learning ?

With the increasing number of mobile devices in the market and with more people using mobile devices for multiple uses including learning, we can see a clear shift to use mobile devices from the old desktops and laptops.

Statistics says that the number of mobile phone users in the world is expected to pass the five billion mark by 2019 and not surprisingly the number of smartphone users in the world is expected to reach 2.7 billion by 2019.

70% of learners felt more motivated when training on a mobile device, as opposed to a computer.

These statistics are evident signs that the future generation will be driven by mobile devices more than the desktops and laptops and hence the consumption of content through mobile devices will also see a rise in the coming years.

Hence I recommend that for mobile learning, responsive designs are the best approach and you should plan your shift to responsive learning before it is too late

6.How to convince the management to ensure the organisational transition to responsive responsive e-learning?

The answer is beautifully woven in an English proverb which says, ‘ ‘Better late than never’!

This means that responsive e-learning is definitely the future of learning and if you are still hanging to the traditional learning style , I can tell you that your learners might soon start disengaging with the modules.

Remember that the future workforce will be defined by the millennials. Studies says that 92% of millennials own a smartphone. The millennials are highly tech savvy and would definitely want a seamless user experience across the mobile devices.

Hence I see no point in continuing with the traditional style of learning as it can only increase your cost and efforts.

7.How does responsive e-learning handle the learning assessments ?

This is again a popular confusion among the management and the respective stakeholders. With responsive learning, the user is able to access the learning content across any device of his choice, but it is to be noted that content is hosted in a responsive LMS which gives the users the access details to login from any device.
Hence it doesn’t matter from which device the learner access the contents as everything gets recorded and tracked in a single LMS

8.Is responsive e-learning future proof?

Yes, responsive learning is future proof, the technology around us is evolving at a rapid pace, while we speak now about the smartphones, tablets and desktop, there are already many gadgets which are going to define the future like VR devices, smart wearables etc. But as the technology is evolving the responsive learning will be able to accommodate the changes smoothly.

9. What is the difference between adaptive design and responsive design?

This has confused many, as both the adaptive and responsive designs adjust the screen size of the contents.

But in adaptive design style, there are several distinct layouts for multiple screen sizes. And the layout used depends on the screen size used. This means that not every screen size can be accommodated or fine tuned to ensure a seamless experience.
With devices flooding in the market with various screen sizes, this makes it almost impossible to include layouts for every screens.

But in the responsive design style, the designs style adapts to the size of the screen no matter what the device screen size is.
Hence I recommend to use the responsive design style.

10.What should be the average duration of responsive e-learning?

I suggest that responsive learning should include content, which is lesser than 15 minutes in duration. In a mobile device, the learner may not enjoy any content, which is of longer duration.
I am certain that you have heard about microlearning, which is the apt strategy in responsive learning.

11. Can responsive e-learning include games and gamification?

Of course, responsive learning can include gamification and games. In fact they can be played well in responsive learning as the interactions and engagement can be fine tuned to work better in mobile than on a desktop or laptop.

12.Responsive e-learning helps in reducing cost. Is that true?

Yes, responsive learning eliminates the need for developing contents for multiple devices as a single content developed in a responsive learning format can work across all the devices. This helps the management in cost reduction for development.

13. Can responsive e-learning help in increasing the productivity of the organisation?

With responsive learning, the organization is able to push the content across the mobile device of the learner, this benefits the organisation as their workforce doesn’t require to waste their regular work hours which helps in increasing better productivity.

Here I have shared thirteen FAQs about responsive e-learning, if you have any more queries or if you wish to have any discussion on responsive learning, feel free to contact us.