Over the past few weeks my team has been working to create a better mobile experience for our Moodle users in their courses. We’ve improved the theme, converted flash to HTML5 where we could but were left with a few questions where best practices for Moodle courses don’t seem to exist yet.
A few of the questions we were asking ourselves:
- popups or no popups?
- concentrate on tablets or tablets and phones?
- what advance notice should we provide to students about the mobile readiness (or lack thereof)?
Last week we launched a short survey to get a few responses on those questions. About 30 people responded to the survey, below is a summary of the results:
- 82% of respondents test for Mobile, though
- 64% considered Mobile users during course construction
- When considering users devices, it was evenly split between Desktops, Laptops and Tablets all around 28% (Phones were 4th at 15%)
- 63% had reviewed their site analytics to review traffic to Moodle (unclear if they looked further to explore how many mobile users were hitting the site)
- Moodle Activities were the most frequently used materials in courses at 34%, followed by files (29%) and Moodle Resources (26%)
- Popups: 59% of respondents said that they used Popups to open new pages (only 11% in line though 30% claimed both).
Overall good insight from the respondents. In our own work I think we’ll be gearing up testing of the experience with and without popups but I am leaning slightly toward popups in the cases where new pages load or 3rd party websites are called so that Moodle is available in the background.
Checkout a slideshow of the response breakdown below. If you’d still like to weigh in consider filling out the quick form here: http://goo.gl/NTDDmv