Learning Environments are experts in developing both mobile optimised websites and mobile apps. The right solution depends on the learning outcome desired. Talk to us and we’ll help you weigh up the pros and cons.
If a mobile website proves to be the right solution for you, the methodology we recommend is responsive web design. With a responsive website, the layout of the site adapts to the size of the device’s viewing window, but the site itself remains the same (as opposed to custom mobile sites, which are separate websites developed for mobile devices, often containing a subset of the desktop website’s content).
Responsive websites can also have advantages over mobile apps, including:
- Shareability: An app must be downloaded and installed before it can be used, but a responsive website can be distributed by simply sharing a website address
- Lower costs, quicker construction: The cost and time taken to build and update a responsive website is typically much lower than for a mobile app
- Single instance: You only need to update content in one place
- Universal access: Even if you create both iOS and Android versions of an app, your app will not be usable by 100% of students. On the other hand, a responsive website built in HTML and complying with web standards will work on practically any web-enabled device.