3 Essentials Your Learning Systems Should Have

When it comes to digital learning effectiveness, our learning systems and their capabilities play an equally important role to interactive and engaging learning content. Many organisations have already adopted some modern learning content formats, like storyboards and videos. However, running even these types of modern engaging content on archaic systems is just ineffective and a waste of resources. To ensure you’re delivering eLearning at its full potential, here are today’s 3 essentials for learning systems.

Mobile Learning Interfaces are a must-have

Majority of content consumption nowadays happens on the mobile. Mobile learning provides the greatest flexibility and is also the preference of today’s learners. Therefore, a mobile interface on the learning system is no longer a nice-to-have, it’s a must-have. And the mobile experience is not limited to accessibility only. The mobile learning interface should have all the same functionalities than the desktop version. This can be achieved through apps or responsive web services, of which the latter are generally a better option. Mobile responsive web services enable better integration and more seamless multi-platform learning experiences.

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Learning systems need xAPI compatibility for proper analytics

The technological capabilities of capturing learning data have moved forward significantly with the rise of the Experience API (xAPI). This new standard of digital learning (replacing SCORM) enables us to capture and record learning activities both online and offline. Furthermore, it enables us to track the whole spectrum of learning – from formal to experimental. In fact, we should see the xAPI as the Google Analytics for learning systems. Instead of tracking pass/fail, test scores and completion, this interface enables us to track interactions. Essentially, we can track every single interaction the users make with learning materials, other learners and trainers. This provides a realm of possibilities for more data driven people strategies, content curation and assessment. Hence, we have the capabilities to abolish some of the dreaded formal testing. Also, we get access to real-time analytics for both the skills development and learning material effectiveness.

Digital Learning User Experience (UX) must be at the core

With today’s adept mobile users, a dated user experience is the fastest way to kill adoption of any learning systems. With all the change management and new learning we are going through, the last thing the end user wants to do is to go through training on how to use a system. Hence, systems need to be intuitive. Naturally, this requires a visually pleasing, but most importantly clean user interface (UI). We should guide users with visual queues instead of extensive text. Furthermore, everything should be accessible from any page with 1-2 clicks.

However, a nice UI is not enough. We need to ensure the UX and the user journey’s work on all levels. In practice, this means that learning content needs to be natively hosted in the system. Links to other platforms often kill engagement, and may also disable proper data flows. The need to download learning content to learners’ own devices is another buzz-kill. Firstly, we cannot track learning activities for downloaded files. Secondly, downloads mean that we need to use documents, files or PDFs – something you should never do with digital learning in 2018. Ideally, we could do everything in a single system without the need to switch around.

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