How eLearning is now mLearning

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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.

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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:

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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.

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Let us know how your course stands in the world of mobile optimization. You can take Google’s Mobile Friendly Test, here.

Collecting Assignments: Made easy

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Dropbox has made our lives just a little bit easier with their latest announcement last month: the File Request Feature.

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What is the File Request feature?

Dropbox’s newest File Request feature allows you to easily receive large files and assignments from anyone.

As an instructor, you can collect files from your students and all content received will be well-organized and stored in one place. As a student, it is super easy to use and there’s no limit to the size of the file uploaded.

What should you use it?

Having an assignment submission feature makes everyone’s lives easier. It’s a simple one-click stop – and best of all, it’s free!

  • The File Request feature is simple to use and configure for everyone. Students don’t require a Dropbox account to submit documents, and for you, all the files you receive are organized in one easy-to-find folder.
  • There is no limit to the size or type of file students upload. That means you can request anything from Word Docs and JPEGs, to large videos or Illustrator files, depending on what makes sense for your course. Everything goes!
  • The best part about File Requests is that a student can submit an unlimited number of files. Although they can’t make changes to past submissions, instructors get to keep a copy of every change they make and will receive an email alerting them of every new submission.
  • This also means that instructors can clearly see a timestamp of when each document was submitted. If you set a deadline for students, you’ll know that they met it!
  • There is an additional privacy benefit as students will not be able to see other students’ assignments. Once they’ve submitted a file, the only person who can view it is the instructor.

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Using Testimonials as Social Proof

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Social Proof Online Courses

Students evaluating your course have lots of questions – is this course right for them, will they learn what they want to learn, and whether it’s a good investment among them. One of the fastest and easiest ways to ease their concerns is using social proof – confirmation that other people (just like them!) have made – and stood behind – the same decision.


 

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