‘Responsive’, in this context, means that the software adapts to different browser and device sizes, so that instead of needing separate plugins or systems, your content will be resized and rearranged to fit all screens
The goal of responsive design is to build web-based pages that detect the user’s screen size and orientation and change the layout accordingly. This matters because frustrated users, who are unable to use their software simply and effectively, will simply stop trying!
So, in what other ways does a ‘responsive’ design support learning?
In my experience, and probably yours, most people accessing a web-based system reach for their smartphone or tablet. As a person who is often away from my desktop computer, I stay in touch via my phone, but I expect the same user experience as I get at home.
Responsive systems are designed to deliver the ‘best learning experience’ on every device. Responsive means that your mobile users do not have to sacrifice features and usability. This is important because so many users, myself included, use many different devices during the day. I may start a learning experience on my iPad at home, do some more on the train on my phone and complete it later on my desktop.
The bottom line is that this ensures that you get great return on your investment, as users are more likely to use your systems routinely and access your content repeatedly.
Some years ago, if I wanted to get some support, I would have to call a hotline and wait my turn. Today, my expectation is that I can turn to my phone and access a knowledge bank instantly. The same applies to your LMS. If you have a user who needs to ‘know’ something immediately, they will be able to access your LMS for the answers, no matter where they are or on what device. Imagine the positive impact that has on their ability to do their job.
There are apps for everything, all needing different interfaces and build considerations. If you have an LMS, which seamlessly works across all devices, you cut down on user roll-out and training. Plus, it will be easier to keep your users up to date. Gone are the days of device recall to make sure they work with the latest software update. Additionally, all users potentially become your training advocates.
Investing in a responsive LMS is the best decision that you can make if you are looking for a more satisfying and consistent learning experience and greater levels of active engagement…..and you also reduce your medium and long-term implementation costs!