With the recent explosion in mobile devices, it’s no surprise that more and more students are wanting to access online courses on their phone.
This past decade, mobile devices have been spreading like wildfire. According to the Pew Internet Project, 64% of American adults own a smartphone and 42% own a tablet computer. Many of these users are also “smartphone-dependent,” meaning that they rely strictly on their phones for Internet access. Although these statistics reveal the alarming prevalence mobile devices have in society, it’s no denying the fact that they have become a mainstream reality. The mobile web has surpassed computers as the most commonly used device to access the Internet.
Consequently, the onus now falls on web developers to create mobile responsive websites for the mounting number of users who choose to access the web on their devices.
As education becomes more and more distant, it is apparent that the future of not only online learning, but the Internet, lies in the hands of mobile optimization. Mobile friendly sites result in improved SEO, net sales, student experience, and most importantly, a competitive advantage when compared with market rivals. Still not convinced? Even search engine giant, Google, has given it a seal of approval, applying “mobile friendly” labels to search results and punishing non-mobile responsive websites by pushing them further down the site listings.
We at Thinkific have embraced mobile optimization right from the get-go, with sleek landing pages that adapt to all devices, including: computer, mobile, and tablet viewing. To see whether or not we’ve been doing a good job of it, we decided to take Google’s Mobile Friendly Test. (Spoiler alert: we passed!) Here are our results:
Take advantage of the mobile responsiveness we have developed and create designs that wow students on every device.
If you’re ever curious as to what your website looks like to a mobile visitor, try dragging the corner of your browser to view it in various screen sizes. This will give you an idea of how your course landing page can be viewed on a phone, tablet, or desktop, and you make changes accordingly. Here’s our Training Library Course on a desktop and a phone.
Let us know how your course stands in the world of mobile optimization. You can take Google’s Mobile Friendly Test, here.