Designing eLearning with Mobile in Mind

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DevLearn 2019 Conference - October 25, 2019

Lisa Mertes Sepahi

Principal Analyst
County of Marin

eLearning is typically built with a computer-first approach in mind. Designers imagine their learners to be sitting at a PC or laptop, and leave it to the responsive design functions of rapid content authoring tools to do the hard work of making the learning mobile ready. The downside of this approach means this eLearning isn’t optimized fully for mobile usability, which is a challenge because usability and accessibility for eLearning goes beyond adjusting to a smaller screen. Designers need to know how to build with mobile-first in mind to ensure the experiences they create can be used effectively and efficiently, and to avoid frustrating mobile learners.

In this session you’ll learn how to design your eLearning to be mobile ready and easy to use every time. You’ll explore simple usability assessment techniques to design for optimal mobile learning, as well as techniques to evaluate your current eLearning and optimize it for a mobile environment. This session will explore mobile heuristics, identifying key aspects of your design that improve user experience in a mobile learning environment. You’ll also take a closer look at some of the pitfalls of multimedia, interactions, and navigation in mobile learning, and how to avoid them. 

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to use mobile heuristics to improve usability
  • Strategies to help avoid common pitfalls when designing from a PC/laptop-first perspective
  • Techniques for designing multimedia, interactions, and navigation for mobile
  • Fundamental tips for mobile accessibility
  • How to evaluate and adapt PC/laptop-based eLearning to a mobile environment


Designers, developers  

Technology discussed:

Smartphones, Storyline, Captivate


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