Friday, October 4, 2013

Platform Agnostic eLearning Content

Should you really care about the constantly evolving browsers & devices and their combinations? 

Android : 
Since April 2009, 9-Android versions have been released: Cupcake (1.5), Donut (1.6), Eclair (2.0–2.1), Froyo (2.2–2.2.3), Gingerbread (2.3–2.3.7), Honeycomb (3.0–3.2.6), Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0–4.0.4), Jelly Bean (4.1–4.3), and KitKat (4.4). On 3 September 2013 Google announced that 1 billion activated devices now use the Android OS worldwide.

1987 - Windows 2.0
1990 - Windows 3.0
1995 - Windows 95
1998 - Windows 98
2000 - Windows ME
2001 - Windows XP
2006 - Windows Vista
2009 - Windows 7
2012 - Windows 8

2007 - iOS 1.x
2008 - iOS 2.x
2009 - iOS 3.x
2010 - iOS 4.x
2011 - iOS 5.x
2012 - iOS 6.x
2013 - iOS 7.x

I am now tired of taking this info from Wikipedia, point I am trying to make is this is endless. 

Similar thing is happening in the space of browsers, IT /Telecom hardware - computers, laptops, palmtops, Mac machines, mobile devices, tablets, Smartphone, Phablets....nothing is standardized or formalized.

When we see this changing technology (means of travel for elearning), we are really concerned every now and then that, now how my learning material would reach out to my audience who is sitting somewhere into these versions & combinations?

I rather see it as a phenomenon of technology and something you will not be able to control ever, so the best way to deal with situations is to 'take benefit' of it.

And I am sure some of us have already started enjoying this game unlike many other at 'wait & watch' policy.

After a lot of debates and our scientific researches where we talked about Designing - responsive & adaptive/ reflow-able content, BYOD and what not!

I can see the concept of ‘Platform Agnostic’ working well after all this to cater to the current challenges and future too.

A Single source of content, designed & developed as per the best practices of reflow-able framework, in a futuristic technology say HTML5, can really be the best way to have peaceful sleep in these times, at least until some unexpected happens otherwise.

I just wanted to share this much today and possibly will pick up from here next time.  

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