What is the future of #mLearning Design? Storyline’s native app vs. Captivate’s Responsive Design [Poll]

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Three years ago when I began focusing on mobile learning, I looked at the most popular rapid eLearning development tools and I was convinced there was very little chance they could re-invent themselves into decent mobile learning design tools. However today after several iterations to their products, most vendors have made great strides in reimagining they products, and I’m not so sure I believe that anymore.

There were simply too many things going against these tools back then, for example the fact that Adobe Flash is not supported on mobile devices, the myriad of mobile devices coming out with different screen sizes and operating systems, and perhaps most importantly the fact that most eLearning tools are based on a ‘fixed sized’ slide paradigm, etc. All of these I thought would make it extremely difficult for vendors to overcome. Thankfully I was wrong and today we see these companies embrace the mobile revolution, and with each update, they are overcoming these limitations and enabling their users to design learning that is more suitable for consumption on multiple screens, so kudos to them!

There’s much more work ahead but they are definitely off to a great start.

Looking at the two biggest players in this space, Articulate and Adobe, it’s worth noting that both companies have taken different approaches to mLearning design.

Articulate’s mobile learning strategy is mostly via their native app, called Articulate Mobile Player, which was initially only available on the iPad and in their latest versions of Storyline and Studio, is now also available on Android, too.



Adobe with Captivate 8 has chosen to go the Responsive Web Design route in order to enable users to create learning for multiple devices. I’m still in the early testing stages, but from what I’ve seen, I think there’s potential.


My Question to You

There are multiple advantages and disadvantages two both approaches, which approach do you think is better, Articulate’s native app approach, or Adobe’s Responsive Design and why?

If you were a long-term investor, where would you put your money and why? Cast in your vote below and leave a comment sharing the why for your answer.

What is the future of Mobile Learning Design: Native Apps vs. Responsive Design?

  • Articulate's Native App approach w/ Mobile Player (52%, 95 Votes)
  • Adobe Captivate 8's Responsive Design (38%, 69 Votes)
  • None of the above (9%, 17 Votes)

Total Voters: 181

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  • kstagg

    RJ – I greatly respect your opinion, especially considering your background at your previous employer and background with Cp and conversion to Articulate. I am running into headaches with mobile development and Cp 8 – is it any easier in Storyline 2?

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