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Creating responsive content is always the recommended way irrespective of the platform you are creating it for. But when it comes to content on the LMS, the importance is a notch higher as many eLearning courses are now available on smartphones and tablets as well. The unexpected pandemic has only given more reasons for you to make your content responsive. To begin with, the number of people taking eLearning courses went up. They did so with the devices they had in hand. So the already difficult challenge of formatting the content to fit across different screen sizes and form factors got a lot harder. But even without the pandemic, testing your LMS to see if the content is responsive has always been a primary focus. So let’s take a look at a few vital tips that you can follow to make the job easier.
The LMS Choice
Choosing the right LMS provider for the job is the first step and a very important step as well. But how will you know if you have the right one? The best option here is to analyze the LMS features and verify if it will be helpful in building and delivering content that can be optimized for mobile or tablet users. We should also verify if the LMS provider will be able to provide the instructors and course designers with the required tools to create responsive content. Not all tools work in all use cases, which is why the LMS providers should have the expertise to choose the tools that will be apt for your needs. The reason we’re starting with these factors is that the content creation process itself should start with the end goal in mind.
Curating Responsive Content
So with the first step, we have made sure that the instructors and the content designers have the best tools at their disposal to get the job done. Now we have to implement the best practices to ensure that the curated content is responsive. For the content to look clean and organized across all screen sizes, we can assign a limited word count for the instructor when it comes to written content. Likewise, we can limit the image size and advise the designers to work accordingly. We will be tasked with different challenges when it comes to video content. In case the user has low internet speeds, then videos will have a tough time loading. So we have to make sure the instructor creates a transcript of the video.
Creating a test strategy from the learner’s viewpoint helps us understand their expectations better. So your test strategy should align with those expectations and the initial goals defined at the start of the development process. The test strategy shouldn’t just focus on the content’s accuracy. Rather, the performance of the platform should also be tested without fail. So it is imperative to check how well the content performs in different devices under different scenarios.
Let’s say the content fits perfectly but takes a lot of time to load. That shouldn’t be a pass when testing to see if the content is responsive. Instead, we have to make sure there is no loss in usability. So before you start developing our test strategy, make sure to receive all the documentation and go through it thoroughly. It will help you get a crystal clear understanding of each module or component’s purpose.
Although these are valuable tips you can follow to ensure that your content is reactive, it is vital for the LMS to make it as easy as it can be for learners to submit feedback if or when they face any issues. As a leading e-learning testing company, we never overlook the fact that content will constantly be added to the LMS. So we have used the feedback and our own test reports to streamline the process and set ourselves on a path of continuous improvement.