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Design Considerations for Learners on the Go

106 Design Considerations for Learners on the Go

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Tuesday, June 24

Instructional Design

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There are close to a dozen different iOS devices and over 4,200 different Android devices on the market. Designing your content for these different devices is challenging. When considering building training material for mobile devices, you may wonder if it’s best to build a native application or a web application. It’s important to know the advantages and disadvantages of both native and web training applications, and to understand the significant differences between developing for mobile as compared to a traditional desktop.

In this session, you will explore a matrix that helps you understand the advantages and disadvantages of building native training applications vs. web applications. You will discuss topics like flexible layout for smartphones, appropriate fonts, font sizing, colors, and safe viewing areas on a phone. You will explore what mobile training is versus JII (Just In-time Information), and how the differences between the two will impact how and what you build for your mobile learners.

In this session, you will learn:

  • To define a flexible design
  • The advantages of native applications
  • The advantages of web applications
  • Which font settings work best for tablets and smartphones
  • Which colors work best for mobile devices


Novice and intermediate designers, developers, and project managers.

Technology discussed in this session:

iPhone, iPad, Android Devices, and Blackberry Playbook.

Phil Cowcill

Senior eLearning Specialist

Canadian Department of National Defence

Phil Cowcill is a senior eLearning specialist with the Canadian Department of National Defence, where he works with the Air Force in the Air Worthiness division. Phil started his multimedia development in 1983. In 1985, his team developed Canada’s first Level III interactive videodisc. In 1995, he was hired to set up, coordinate, and teach an interactive multimedia postgraduate program. In 2011, Phil coordinated and taught in Canada’s first postgraduate mobile application development program. Phil also travels and speaks at a variety of educational and multimedia conferences all over North America.

Krista Hildner

Mobile App Developer/Faculty

Canadore College

Krista Hildner is a full-time mobile application developer at Canadore College who slants towards building educational applications. When Krista isn’t developing mLearning or mobile applications, she teaches part-time in Canadore College’s mobile-application development department.

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