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Design Considerations for Learners on the Go

106 Design Considerations for Learners on the Go

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Tuesday, June 24

Instructional Design

Nautilus 2

There are close to a dozen different iOS devices and over 4,200 different Android devices on the market. Designing your content for these different devices is challenging. When considering building training material for mobile devices, you may wonder if it’s best to build a native application or a web application. It’s important to know the advantages and disadvantages of both native and web training applications, and to understand the significant differences between developing for mobile as compared to a traditional desktop.

In this session, you will explore a matrix that helps you understand the advantages and disadvantages of building native training applications vs. web applications. You will discuss topics like flexible layout for smartphones, appropriate fonts, font sizing, colors, and safe viewing areas on a phone. You will explore what mobile training is versus JII (Just In-time Information), and how the differences between the two will impact how and what you build for your mobile learners.

In this session, you will learn:

  • To define a flexible design
  • The advantages of native applications
  • The advantages of web applications
  • Which font settings work best for tablets and smartphones
  • Which colors work best for mobile devices


Novice and intermediate designers, developers, and project managers.

Technology discussed in this session:

iPhone, iPad, Android Devices, and Blackberry Playbook.

Phil Cowcill

Senior eLearning Specialist

PJ Rules

Phil Cowcill is senior eLearning specialist at PJ Rules. He started his career in 1983 when he was hired as a technologist at a local college. In 1985 he joined a team to develop Canada's first Interactive Videodisc. He started teaching part-time in 1989, moving to full-time in 1995. He led his class to build one of the first news websites that streamed video in 1996. In 2011 he launched the very first dedicated mobile application development program. Phil retired from full-time teaching in 2015 and moved to working as a contractor with the Department of National Defence as a senior eLearning specialist.

Krista Hildner

Mobile App Developer/Faculty

Canadore College

Krista Hildner is a full-time mobile application developer at Canadore College who slants towards building educational applications. When Krista isn’t developing mLearning or mobile applications, she teaches part-time in Canadore College’s mobile-application development department.

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