With immersive learning, understanding the expected outcomes is crucial to learner success. There are little-to-no standardized plans of action when it comes to designing and developing interactive content for multiple platforms. As a result, it’s important to envision the deliverable content as well as the mode of delivery. A clear plan of action is imperative in deciding the overall design outline of the content for a better user experience. This can be achieved by correctly assessing the requirement, complexity of the content design, and preferred delivery medium.
How to Adapt Interactive Content to Mobile Devices
1. Ensure Cross-Environment Compatibility
Learners have access to multiple devices like smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops. Each device receives regular updates in both hardware and software. This leads us to an important requirement: cross-environment compatibility for easy access to interactive content.
Cross-environment compatibility ensures that content is presented uniformly and that users have the same experience no matter which device. Here are a few ways to achieve this:
- Use cross-environment libraries to ensure uniformity of behavior. This enables designing content for all environments, screen sizes, aspect ratios, and responsive behavior for a seamless and consistent user experience throughout.
- Use programming languages that are compatible across multiple environments to create content with the same functional behavior.
- Choosing lighter components, such as colored background gradients (over static images) to avoid performance issues on devices with low-end hardware or outdated operating systems.
- Catering to user interactions: Gestures vs. Clicks
The content that is displayed on a smartphone/tablet or desktop may be similar, but the way it interacts with the user is entirely different. Instead of clicks and scrolls, the actions are converted to gestures, such as touch, tap, pinch zoom, and swipe. Thus, we need to incorporate components that let the users interact with the in-built features of the device. It requires a thorough UX design along with programming an additional code to respond to gestures, thereby enhancing the convenience and usability of interactive content across multiple mobile devices.
2. Make Responsive Design a Prime Focus
Responsive design is a way to engineer content such that it suits any screen on any device. It ensures the usability of content across devices of varied sizes and orientations. Responsive design provides a seamless viewing experience for the same content, resulting in user satisfaction.
Fluid design structure/grids, flexible images, and stylesheet (CSS) media queries work hand-in-hand to enable content restructuring. Using these methods, the course can be shaped to fit screen sizes across smartphones, tablets, desktops, or laptops. Responsive design is an example of user interface plasticity.
3. Build for Seamless Content Availability – Online and Offline
Interactive content works best when it is made available anytime, from anywhere. To prevent this strength from transforming into a weakness, it is important to make the content available in offline mode, too. For learners without access to a steady internet connection, it would, quite literally, prevent them from learning. A careful back-end implementation to package these components as downloadable (standalone) learning objects can easily help overcome this hurdle.
4. Personalize Interactive Content for Self-Paced Learning
Personalization necessitates an understanding of the learning medium. Learning content development companies need to design interactive content for mobiles, tablets, desktops, etc., to promote user engagement and a better learning experience. This intrinsic motivation will assist the learner in developing the habit of learning at their own pace. It also optimizes the advantages of personalized interactive content.
Placing the utmost importance on the learner and their success is a game-changer. Interactive mobile content could be the future of learning delivery because it incorporates feedback and enhances the user experience accordingly. Such a content delivery system relies on individualized output, taking the user’s input into account before moving on to the next level. This adaptive learning technique aids learners in progressing in a linear manner, with content structuring itself based on the learner’s pace and ability as per their responses.
Interactive mobile content fits perfectly to cater to modern learners in a manner they understand best, as it is a highly social and relevant method of learning. User interface challenges are quite common when shifting from a desktop to a mobile platform. Mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, have presented a whole new world of opportunities with respect to interactive content. Thus, educators around the world should, and are, creating interactive learning content on mobile platforms.