A laptop, mobile phone and digital tablet demonstrating a responsive coursegomo’s authoring tool gives you the option to consume eLearning content using continuous scroll design, a more modern approach to course navigation than traditional ‘click next to continue’ horizontal styles. Content is displayed in a vertical stream, continuously loading more as the learner moves their way down the page. Although the courses are static, the scrolling triggers movement and progress through the vertical pages of content. Full courses can be completed from start to finish, on any device, using simple mouse or touchscreen scrolling.

Benefits

Natural navigation

Learners are likely to already be participating in downward scrolling when they use social media, an online shopping app or browsing the web. Because of the familiarity associated with the vertical scroll method of navigation, it makes sense to deliver online learning in the same way so that it is appealing to learners and it feels fresh rather than outdated.

Better usability

Using a mouse with a scrolling wheel, or a tablet or smartphone’s touchscreen is physically quicker and easier than clicking the ‘next’ button. It might seem like a small step in creating a better user experience, but learners want the most simple learning methods that are available to them. gomo is fully responsive and adaptive, so when you build a continuous scrolling course, it’s guaranteed to work perfectly on any device. gomo content fills the screen on any device, making sure that learners can see your content and interact with it properly. No PowerPoint squashed into one third of a smartphone display.

A mobile phone showing a responsive gomo course in comparison to a non-responsive course

gomo content (left) fills the screen properly

Create immersive content

Using continuous scroll, it’s easier to create the sense of a journey in a learning course. You can use it to build a more interactive learning experience for the user by building a story that flows from top to bottom through your content. It feels more explorative for users and it should direct the focus towards the learning material instead of the course mechanics like click navigation. Continuous scroll eLearning courses also minimize disruption and page breaks, so your learners should be able to easily become (and stay!) engaged with their training.

Parallax scrolling

To enhance your continuous scroll content, you can incorporate parallax scrolling, which produces an animated effect. It works by moving background content at a different speed to the images in the foreground as the user scrolls downwards. Using this simple technique, it’s possible to create some very visually appealing material that keeps learners interested, and can be easily implemented using gomo, which is fully HTML5-ready.

Microlearning

Microlearning (smaller, easily digestible chunks of informative content) is a popular eLearning trend. Studies show that shorter ‘bursts’ of eLearning content can increase information retention and one of the ways to do this is using continuous scroll technology. Take small blocks of factual text, and turn them into a meaningful, engaging eLearning course by adding them alongside images and audio in a continuous scroll format. Learners will get the full benefit of microlearning while taking part in an engaging learning experience.

The gomo elearning authoring tool offers fully responsive and adaptive design

A gomo microlearning course filling the screen on all devices

User controls

To ensure that continuous scrolling doesn’t tempt learners to rush from start to finish without actually absorbing any learning, gomo’s user controls allow learning designers and L&D professionals to limit what learners can see before they are required to physically engage with the content. Course creators can still add a click-to-continue button at the bottom of each topic for the course to continue scrolling, which should encourage learners to stop and digest what they’re seeing on their screens. Alternatively, you can set up a course so that users can scroll through, pausing where they need to, or include quizzes and question blocks before each new topic to check their understanding.

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