Importance of file sizes in eLearning

When developing eLearning an important thing to consider is the file size of your course. The file size of your course is determined by a number of things such as the number of slides and the type of media you use (e.g. videos, audio, images etc.).

Below are some things to consider when it comes to the file size of your eLearning.

1. Remote Learning

Now that large numbers of students and workers are learning from home one thing to consider is the ability of your learners to load your course. In the past learners would typically be taking training from the office or school which would most likely have a good internet connection, however as large numbers of learners are now taking training from home the speed of their internet connections may vary. If you have learners from rural areas, they may not have access to high-speed internet and as a result it may be difficult for them to launch and take your course if your course is large in size.

2. Offline Courses

One way to get around some of the challenges of internet connectivity issues is to allow your learners to download your course. By allowing learners to download your course they will be able to launch it offline and will not be as impacted by the issues around having a slow internet connection. If you have a large course the downside of this however is that it can take up a lot of storage space on their device, which may cause issues for learners with limited storage.

3. Media Types

One way you can reduce file size is to think about the types of multimedia you are using. Typically, videos will increase the file size of your course the most, whereas audio and text would increase your file size significantly less. In some cases, it may make sense to use videos, particularly if the subject is complex, however if you notice your course is getting too big and you can explain it using audio and text this can be an effective alternative.

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