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Mobile Learning in Education using Instancy Mobile App Platform

Wouldn’t it be great if busy professionals could learn at their own convenience to develop their skills or gain new ones; they can carry their learning resources and access them anywhere and engage in the learning process anytime that is most convenient?  They can have an entire learning university including social learning connections within it in their ‘back pockets’ and fingertips!

Mobile learning makes sense because mobile devices is what users prefer to search and browse the internet, access data and information just at the point of need. It is immediate and it is convenient.

There are many ways in which a mobile learning experience can be configured and delivered to your learners.  Moreover, there are many type of learning resources that you can include on your mobile experience ranging from short learning modules, online quizzes/tests, documents, virtual classrooms or blended leaning tracks that combine many modalities of learning and add prerequisite and learning sequences as well.

Instancy Mobile Learning App platform offers training and education institutions many options to create and publish branded mobile learning apps. There are three different approaches for creating and packaging branded mobile learning apps with Instancy learning platform:

Option 1: Learning Management System Portal as a Responsive Website

Learning Management System Portal as a Responsive Website
Learning Management System Portal as a Responsive Website

Instancy LMS website in a complete online university website that is ‘responsive’ and it adjusts to the web browser and device and can work on a browser or any mobile device like a tablet or a smart phone.

This mobile responsive website can be used to deliver and access eLearning content, class room registration, notifications and it can provide discussion forums for experts and students to discuss various topics within their learning.

Option 2: A Branded Mobile Learning Management Native App

The second option is to create a branded mobile learning native app which can be published as an android app on google store or published on the apple app store. Within the native app you can provide the students with native experience through which they can connect with the server.

A Branded Mobile Learning Management Native App
A Branded Mobile Learning Management Native App

Through the mobile learning native app, learners can connect to Instancy content server, a cloud based application, through which they can access all the assigned learning in multiple modalities.

They can receive ongoing assignments of eLearning tutorials which could be very short to keep the learning concise and something that they complete in a short period of time they can have a organized list of videos, documents and include quizzes with various kinds of interactions they can also receive push notifications about reminders and re-enforcement on what they are learned, besides that  users can also engage with other learners using discussion forums and browse through list of all the other pears and connect with them in formal way as part of the learning environment. Through this native app users can also given the opportunity to download the content on the device and access that content at their own time in a offline mode their progress and scores can be recorded on the device with in the app and can be synchronized to the server at a later time.

Option 3: Package an eLearning Course as Mobile Native App

Package an eLearning Course as Mobile Native App
Package an eLearning Course as Mobile Native App

The third option for creating your mobile learning native app is to publish a set of content, for example, a specific course, online test, a set of documents or videos within the native app and published on to the app store. The ‘eLearning course app’ is a standalone app that can be downloaded on learners’ tablet or smartphone and it does not need to connect with the server to access the content or to provide any kind of user login, password or maintain any learner progress tracking on the server side. The content is all packaged with in the app the user can access the content multiple times and their progress data is kept within the downloaded native app.

Summary
Based on the business requirement, with Instancy mobile learning app platform, there are multiple ways to create and publish mobile learning for your learning organization or training business. You can upload existing content such as videos, documents, existing eLearning courses or you can create new mobile learning content including micro learning tutorials, test or quizzes, surveys and leaning tracks using Instancy authoring tools on cloud-based Instancy Learning Content Management Server (iLCMS). From the iLCMS you can publish your content within:
a) Intancy’s browser based mobile learning management system or
b) Mobile native app that connects to the content server and provides self-registration, access to a catalog of learning resources and track learner progress or
c) Stand-alone native app with packaged content without needing to connect a cloud-hosted content server.

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eLearning and mLearning Content with MS Word Storyboard Conversion Tools

Creating Rapid eLearning Content and Mobile Learning Content with MS Word Storyboard Conversion Tools from Instancy.

 Storyboard Conversion Tool
eLearning and mLearning Content with MS Word Storyboard Conversion Tools

MS Word Storyboard Conversion Tools for eLearning and Mobile Learning

The creation of eLearning courses requires multiple skills. Two of the primary skills required in designing and creating an eLearning course are Instructional Design (ID) and Authoring. These distinct skills are described below.

Instructional designers specialize in improving content comprehension and learning outcomes for the learner. An instructional designer may work with Subject Matter Experts to identify what a student has to learn in the course or study materials. Both defining the skills and tasks to be learned and developing learning objectives are also part of this job profile. An instructional designer would rewrite content as per the learning needs and create activities for the learner. An instructional designer would also use various media to support learning and develop assessments for the learner. All these elements may be incorporated in a storyboard. A storyboard is a blueprint of the eLearning course.

A storyboard specifies the visual elements, text elements, audio elements, user interactions and branching (where the system or user will go next) of every screen in an online or eLearning course. Learning objectives are also a part of the storyboard. Most storyboards are created in MS-Word. Storyboards created this way can have links to media files and notes for the eLearning author. It is also possible to embed images with text. Additionally, the review process is quite easy in MS-Word.

On the other hand, eLearning authors work with content authoring tools. An eLearning author would use the storyboard created by an instructional designer to create the final course. An author is a non-instructional designer with expertise in eLearning and multimedia authoring tools, interactivity design and scripting, graphics, audio and video editing tools. Authors may have knowledge of programming logic to construct interactions, branching, navigation, SCORM/xAPI (eLearning technical standards) or equivalent content packaging, etc. Authors also know about testing the course on various browsers, multiple LMSs, or even multiple mobile devices, to ensure that user tracking/progress reporting is working as expected.

Authors use authoring tools to author professional eLearning content with advanced interactivity, software and simulations. They may create quizzes, games, and other engaging experiences. An eLearning author would also be able to output a course in different formats like Flash and video, including SCORM for delivery through an LMS.

An instructional designer may also be able to directly construct the content within an eLearning authoring tool, but this is rarely done. While many authoring tools have made authoring more rapid and simple with very little or no software programming, eLearning authoring and instructional design remain two distinct job roles for an eLearning content project.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could automate the conversion of a storyboard directly into a course? Rapid course development involves such automation of the authoring process. This process reduces the effort put in by the eLearning author. When storyboards are automatically converted into eLearing content, the author only has to  work on the course only after the “import” is completed. The author performs small steps such as layout improvement, synchronization of media elements, branching, etc. Such an automated authoring tool will put most of the content in the expected layout. This greatly reduces the authoring effort and time. This is where Instancy tools come in.

The Instancy Authoring system offers a dynamic way to convert MS-Word storyboards into eLearning courses and assessments. An author can effortlessly use the Instancy Authoring system to convert a MS-Word storyboard template into engaging eLearning content within a few hours. It is possible to publish a course to HTML5 without any programming knowledge. You can also use the Instancy Learning Authoring Tool to add enhancements like navigation, interactivity, multimedia, and assessments. The eLearning course is produced in a responsive design such that the same course may play on desktop browsers and mobile devices.

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