How to create a mobile-ready online course

The last couple of years have made online learning commonplace and appreciated even by those companies who had kept using offline training to develop their employees up until now. Given the pandemic, there is no need to explain what distance learning is, why it is so popular, and how businesses can benefit from implementing it.

One of the biggest claims against online training nowadays is its absolute mobility. We no longer want to be bound to any physical place or device. We strive to be as mobile as possible, doing nearly everything on the go: we read ebooks on the subway, listen to podcasts in the car on our way to work, and connect with our friends online from the seashore during vacation. The same level of freedom and mobility is expected from online training programs.

As a rule, modern learning management systems (LMSs) have mobile apps that make it easy for you to provide learners with a remarkable mobile learning experience. With a mobile LMS application, users can download learning content to their smartphones and tablets, and take courses anytime and anywhere – even when there is no internet connection. Yet there are some technical requirements for a mobile course that you need to keep in mind while creating it.

Walkthrough of an online course creation

Below, we’ll show you how to create an effective online course that works great with mobile devices.

Step 1. Define your audience, goals, and needs

Before you start creating your online course, you need to perform a detailed investigation. This will help you set up your goals and define criteria to understand if they will eventually be achieved.

Here are some questions you need to find answers to.

1. What is your target audience?

Before you start creating content, find out what is special about your trainees. This will help you understand their needs and motivation for learning, choose the right communication style, and even decide on a course design.

Here are some facts about your audience you need to get to know:

  • How many learners will you have?
  • What are their job positions?
  • What are their average ages, educational levels, geographic locations, and tech-savviness?
  • Will they have an opportunity to have long-term breaks in their workflow to take your training or will they study during short breaks on the go?
  • Where and on what devices are your learners going to take your course? Are they office workers with PCs at their disposal or do they work in the fields and are equipped only with smartphones or tablets?

2. What are your training objectives?

Setting training goals is never about describing what your team will know after the training, it’s about what they will be able to do. Compare these two goals; which one seems to be more profitable for the business?

  1. Trainees should know how to sell the product.
  2. Trainees should double their sales within 2 weeks after finishing the course.

No need to explain that your employees’ theoretical knowledge will never help you increase market share, while doubled sales can help this a lot. Read more.