A laptop, mobile phone and digital tablet demonstrating a responsive course

The gomo authoring suite is fully HTML5 enabled, which means that gomo is both responsive and adaptive. The gomo player automatically detects not just which device the learning content is being displayed on, but also the device’s screen size and orientation. For your learners, this means they can access true on-demand learning on whichever device they prefer, whenever they want and regardless of where they are. For learning content designers, gomo removes the need to design separate content to fit multiple devices (desktop, smartphone and tablet) and layouts (portrait or landscape). Thanks to HTML5, gomo takes care of all of that for you!

What is HTML5?

You don’t need to be a tech wizard or website designer to understand how HTML5 works. HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language and in layperson’s terms, it’s the code that all Internet pages need to be written in. HTML is the backbone of the Internet without it, you won’t be able to perform a Google search, shop online or even read this page. Basically, anything that’s connected to the Internet has HTML code running in the background.

HTML 5 written on wooden blocks

What HTML5 means for you

HTML5 affects us all on a daily basis. Here are some of its most significant advancements:

  • No more plug-ins. HTML bypasses the need for annoying plug-in downloads in order to natively stream audio and video files in your preferred web browser. This means a more seamless web experience for anyone streaming video and audio online (which, these days, is pretty much everyone with an Internet connection).
  • Faster connection speeds. We’re getting faster Internet connectivity for a variety of reasons but HTML definitely deserves some of the credit. As a result of no longer needing to download 3rd-party software, connection speeds are quicker. This has the added benefit of laptop and smartphone batteries lasting longer!
  • Mobile-friendly web browsing. HTML5 was designed with mobile in mind. This is important because web traffic has moved from desktop-only to include portable devices, like smartphones. In fact, mobile has surpassed desktop traffic. In 2015, Google confirmed that global search traffic is now predominantly taking place on mobile devices. Thanks to HTML5, you get a better user experience on mobile.

gomo responsive elearning on different mobile phone screen sizes

HTML5 and eLearning

So what does all this got to do with Learning and Development (L&D)? Quite a lot actually!

Effective eLearning is about so much more than people sitting in front of their computers at work, reading content and then completing the assessment. To create impactful elLearning programs (where learners enjoy the content, want to engage with the content and retain the information) it should be on the learners’ terms. And that means a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) delivery method, where learners get to choose which device they view course material on. With this approach, learners control how and when they consume eLearning. That’s made possible with HTML5’s multi-device, mobile-friendly features. At gomo, all our customers get the benefits of HTML5 in their eLearning as a built-in standard. It’s part of what we feel makes a good content authoring tool.

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Responsive HTML5 vs. adaptive HTML5

While some authoring tools are only either responsive or adaptive, with gomo, you get the benefits of both! Everything you produce using gomo is both responsive and adaptive, which provides the best user experience possible for learners without compromising the content in any way. This means that learning designers/L&D teams only need to build eLearning content once before publishing it – also, only once – across multiple devices, including desktop, tablets and smartphones.

An illustration of the difference between responsive and adaptive design

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