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Mobile Experience - What's That?

Now more than ever, students' primary device is their mobile phone. According to Pew Research Mobile Fact Sheet, 96% of people ages 18-29 own a smartphone. At the same time, laptop and tablet ownership has been relatively static - just under 75% of adults owned a laptop in 2018 and 2019, and around half of adults owned a tablet.

Many of our students at GRCC only use a cell phone to access their courses and complete assignments. In this context, it's important to keep these users in mind as we design and build our courses. Content, assignments, and even course structure can all be mobile-friendly (not necessarily mobile-first). Things to consider as you design:

  • Course content and media should be mobile- and connection-speed-friendly
  • Where possible, allow integration with cloud storage like Google Drive (which students can access with their GRCC email)
  • Students can use the Blackboard Student app to access their courses, but the app doesn't have the same capabilities as the browser version of Bb. See the MTL Tools section of this guide for more information.

Download Blackboard's own guide to designing for mobile learning at the bottom of this column.

Instructional Designer

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Ian Matthews
Office: RJF 316
Phone: x2395