Responsive vs Non-Responsive – Just out of Curiosity

Good evening all.

I read another very knowledgeable poster on the forum state that they get asked for more Non-Responsive projects over Responsive Projects (I believe I read that correctly). And to be honest, I was surprised by this based on my past career and work history in Marketing Communications.

I thought I would ask the question to the larger group to satisfy my curiosity to see if others have this same experience.  So,  what do  you get asked for most often? Responsive or Non-Responsive projects? And just as a follow up to that, which do you prefer to work with?

Thanks for helping me with my curious inquiry.

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Upcoming Webinar: “Five Must-Haves in an LMS to Get Mobile Learning Right”

Join us! On April 24, ATD Orange County hosts a virtual session of my class, “Five Must-Haves in an LMS to Get Mobile Learning Right.” It’s open to the public in exchange for a small donation to ATD. Click here for details.

The slideshare and session description are below. This webinar is inspired by Adobe’s white paper by the same name. Check out page three for useful L&D studies and resources.

Got Mobile? Our corporate learners are on the go constantly, which means we need to make training opportunities accessible from a wide range of locations. Fortunately, learning technology enables us to reach employees no matter where they work or travel.

Join Katrina Marie Baker to explore five ways a Learning Management System (LMS) can enable mobile learning. We will discuss how to:

  • Make just in time training content available to on-site and remote employees
  • Use QR codes to efficiently track classroom and on the floor/on the job learning
  • Enable travelers and sales representatives to access resources when wifi isn’t available
  • Format content so it displays responsively on mobile devices (links to supplemental resources will be provided)
  • Incorporate mobile learning into an employee’s overall blended learning experience

We look forward to seeing you!

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5 Mobile Learning Trends For 2019 And Their Impact On L&D

Irgendwie hängt ja alles zusammen: Mobile Learning, Microlearning, Responsive Design … Wie auch immer: Die Autorin versucht trotzdem, hier noch Trends auszumachen – und entdeckt dabei auch einige alte Bekannte wieder:

„1. Mobile-First Or Mobile-Responsive LMS …
2. Video-Based Learning …
3. Knowledge-Sharing And User Generated Content (UGC) …
4. On-Demand And Point-Of-Need Learning …
5. Guided And Personalised Learning Paths …“
Alice Rowan, eLearning Industry, 5. März 2019

Bildquelle: Narain Jashanmal (Unsplash)

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Responsive Design, Text, and that “Click here to read” button

So, I’ve been clicking around Captivate 2019 for a little bit today to focus on some of the new things like VR design and how I might incorporate it into my courses. Awesome. I have some challenges right up-front, but those are the fun kind of challenges that force you to change the way that you think to achieve what you want. And then there’s the interactive video. Also awesome, but I just didn’t have the time to explore that one today. (Indeed, I’m trying to figure out whether this version is included in my subscription, but there we go.)

The one thing that I haven’t seen is any real improvements to Responsive Design (RD). Again, though, I’ve been looking at this for a limited period of time, so if I’m incorrect then please let me know.

Soooooo… The one problem that I’m still having with RD is how it handles text and, seemingly, makes decisions based upon the vertical height of the viewing device. And here’s where I have the problem. As soon as text is truncated and the “read more” icon, a decision has been taken away from me.

So what am I suggesting? Only a question, really. If you look at responsive design websites, and specifically something like WordPress and the various “Page Builders,” the responsive design makes sure that text is not truncated based upon (I suppose) “mid-width” properties. If text is side-by-side with an image, as the horizontal space is reduced, the text is pushed downwards in v-space until a breakpoint. At this point, the software makes a decision as the width decreases to put the text box above/below the image. Text is, however, preserved. No “Click here to read the full text” boxes.

As much as it replicates WordPress, it also replicates Articulate’s Rise.

I realise that I can have responsive projects with different slide heights (and responsive and non-responsive slides), but is there a one-stop-shop that I’m missing?

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Take Your Mobile Learning To The Next Level With Creative Design Strategies

Take Your Mobile Learning To The Next Level With Creative Design Strategies

With growing popularity of smartphones and tablets, mobile learning is increasingly finding acceptance. Its unique features are changing the way we design, develop, and impart learning. In this article, I will focus on some design ideas that can create the right impact for a mobile learning implementation.

A Powerful Tool In Your Arsenal: Creative Design For Mobile Learning

I feel that companies investing in training to improve their human assets and reap benefits over the long run must consider mobile learning or mLearning. Almost everyone uses a smartphone or tablet for work and communication. The mobile platform also supports quality learning experiences. All this means that we can effectively deploy custom training programs to many people. In addition, we can harness the features of mobile learning to include games, location-based information, real-time support, and so on, to make learning much more engaging and personalized. The future belongs to mobile learning, and you don’t want to be left behind without this powerful tool in your arsenal!

A Revolution, Really?

Your three-year-old niece may be adept at handling your smartphone better than you; so, what’s the big deal, you may think. “How can a small hand-held device be revolutionizing the way we learn?”, you may think. But, the truth is that mobile learning is indeed revolutionizing the learning domain. Here’s how:

Learning Anytime, Anywhere

Don’t you agree that the original purpose of eLearning was anytime and anywhere learning at the comfortable pace? The question is, was this really accomplished? Most of the eLearning takes place on desktops or laptops. Desktop learning again is slightly restrictive as it makes learners take the learning only during the office hours and at specific times. Even with laptops, I wonder if learners feel comfortable opening laptops at home to finish a compliance course.

With the advent of mobile phones, we have seen an exponential rise in people using it as an extension of their body for many purposes. People do shopping, make payments, watch movies, play games, text and what not.

This is the reason why companies should look to harness learning through mobile phones. The great part is that mobile learning can be taken at home or during commuting. Learners are in a comfortable zone if you ask me. This learning content is still trackable as the content is hosted on an LMS. People are more hooked to their phones than laptops and that is the advantage that learning professionals should take. I feel mobile learning is still being underutilized.

Mobile Learning Can Still Be Very Creative

Where there is a will, there’s a way goes the adage. Just because the real estate is smaller, does not mean that you can’t be creative with your designs for mobile learning. There are a variety of ways you can implement creative designs and make your mobile learning experience rich and immersive.

Let’s look at a couple of design ideas:

Course 1: Fully Responsive Course On Hospitality

In this course on hospitality sector, we designed the course to work as a fully responsive course that would work on multiple devices. It has a similar design for both the laptop and the mobile version.

The responsive framework allowed us to creatively align the pictures, text, and have right interactions.

The sample screenshot is given below:

Take your Mobile learning to the next level with creative Design Strategies

Course 2: Fully Responsive Course On Active Listening

This course was developed for a customer to train their sales force on the importance of active listening as part of the soft skills training. This fully responsive course had interesting interactivities and scenarios helping learners to perform better on sales calls. The course worked seamlessly on multiple devices. Again, the designs were created in such a way that the experience on a laptop and a smartphone are similar.

The sample screenshot is also given below:

Take your Mobile learning to the next level with creative Design Strategies

Some Ideas From The Classroom

The traditional classroom setup where the trainer teaches, and the learners listen and learn is also fast changing. With mobile learning, much of the “Teach” content or theoretical information is presented prior to the actual classroom session using mobile learning courses. Learners then use the classroom session to share their interpretations, debate, discuss, and build on what they have learned. This “flipped classroom” style of teaching improves the quality of the education imparted. Learners are better-skilled and equipped to transfer knowledge acquired to their jobs.

The Challenges Ahead

The success of mobile learning hinges on learners being comfortable with mobile devices to a certain extent. Mobile learning also relies extensively on the learner’s active participation. Questions that you need to ask are:

  • What if you want to deploy mobile learning, but only some of your employees are comfortable with smartphones?
  • What if your employees want to bring their own devices to learn; how can you deploy your mobile learning across different mobile platforms?
  • How can you ensure your employees are motivated to learn through mobile learning?

Leave all these and other similar worries to our ID strategists. At Tesseract Learning, our ID strategists will walk you through each step of designing, developing, and deploying your custom mobile learning.

To discuss how we can work with your team in delivering impactful mobile learning courses, do reach out to me at

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Responsive design and smart eLearning authoring

“We are a nation of multi-screeners.” – ‘The New Multi-Screen World Study’, 2012

 What Google learned about American consumers in 2012 is true for most of the connected world today.1 Computer, smartphone, tablet, or TV – we’re spending a lot of time in front of one or more screens and we regularly switch devices. What this means is that the learner who starts a course on a desktop, may well leave midway, resume on a tablet, and finish on a smartphone….or the other way around. This leaves eLearning authors and developers with an unenviable task – that of creating content that runs perfectly and looks optimal on every single device out there.

Enter Responsive eLearning Design.

Responsive design is an approach whereby content responds to the size and orientation of the screen on which it is being viewed. Manually, it is nearly impossible to anticipate and design for every possible screen size. The only feasible approach is to use a smart authoring tool that automatically aligns the content to any digital screen, so that the content displays optimally by intelligently adjusting for the white space. Different authoring platforms provide this responsiveness with varying degrees of finesse and design control.

The 2017 release of Adobe Captivate is a smart eLearning authoring platform that helps you create fully responsive content without programming – so that you can deliver great learning experiences consistently to learners, across devices and browsers. The combination of sophisticated authoring capabilities with an easy-to-use interface makes it a joy to design responsive content.

Experience #smarteLearning.


¹ The New Multi-screen World: Understanding Cross-platform Consumer Behavior

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#eLearning #LiveStream – A Year of Fluid Boxes -Tuesday Mar 20th 16:00 EDT | 20:00 UTC

Join me for this Adobe Captivate eLearning Livestream, where I will be reviewing what I’ve learned after a year of using fluid boxes. Join this live session and have your responsive design fluid box questions ready for the live chat. I will be answering your questions.

Follow the link below at any time to set up a reminder to be notified when this event becomes live on March 20th at 4 PM Eastern Time.

If you enjoy my LIVE STREAMS, please share them with your colleagues and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel to make sure you’re notified of all my upcoming events.

P.S. Don’t forget to also register for a free one hour webinar on Mastering Custom Quizzes with Adobe Captivate 2017 scheduled for Wednesday, Mar 28, 2018, at 9 AM Pacific / 12 PM Eastern.

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Register for Webinar – Mastering Custom Quizzes with Adobe Captivate 2017

Training Magazine Network

Hey Gang, There will be no live stream the week of 26th. Instead, I will be guest presenting over at Training Magazine. The topic will be Mastering Custom Quizzes with Adobe Captivate 2017.

In this session, you will learn how to…

  • create a responsive design interface for your question slides in Adobe Captivate 2017 using fluid boxes
  • setup variables to keep track of the selections made by the users of your eLearning course
  • write advanced actions that will form the basis of the interaction for your users
  • write conditional actions that will validate if your user has submitted the correct answers to your questions
  • convert your questions to become scored final quiz questions

Special Bonus: Participants in the LIVE webinar will receive a coupon for FREE ACCESS to the full Udemy version of this course, including PROJECT FILES so make sure you register and get a seat. Use the following link to register right now.

Mastering Custom Quizzes with Adobe Captivate 2017

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