eLearning Lesson: Joe Ganci’s mLearning Tips

Last week, Joe Ganci—or eLearningJoe as you may know him—joined us for a great Inspiration Wednesday webinar. He shared how making eLearning for every device can be easy using Lectora® with Responsive Course Design™. Just design once, and publish to all device sizes and types.

Here’s one Responsive Course Design how-to that Joe shared in the webinar handout he created:

Giving Learners the Ability to Swipe Right and Left on Mobile Devices

I am not a big fan of linear lessons, the kind where learners click Next, Next, Next because most learners just don’t learn much that way. Involve the learner on each page. Have the learner do something to engage him or her.

Nonetheless, there are times when you may be creating an informational lesson without much interactivity that may involve a lot of branching depending on learner responses. In the cases of linear learning, you can opt to let the learner swipe right and left on their mobile devices. It also works on desktop and laptop touch screens and using the mouse to drag the current page left or right.

The idea of Swipe Left and Right can be a bit counterintuitive. Here’s how it works:

  1. When you swipe left on a mobile device, it means you want the current screen to move to the left, making room for the one on the right to show. In other words, swiping left is the same as hitting a Next button.
  2. When you swipe right on a mobile device, it means you want the current screen to move to the right, making room for the one on the left to show. In other words, swiping right is the same as hitting a Previous button.

Create an action and note the two options under TouchScreen. Set Swipe Left to go to the next page and Swipe Right to go to the previous page.

Swipe Left Menu Graphic   Swipe Right Menu Graphic

To learn more mLearning and Responsive Course Design tips from Joe Ganci, watch the recorded webinar in the Trivantis® Community: mLearning Mastery: How to Make eLearning for Every Device (Example Included!). You can also see Joe’s example content and Lectora course files, plus download the full webinar handout with more great tips and how-tos like this one.



  • I wonder if swipe directions are reversed in right to left writing countries…

  • For mobile learning user experience solutions you need to remember the context of the experience – if a learning software is installed on a smartphone there’s a good chance that there’ll only one hand operating it and the other will be occupied with something else, like interacting with the real world. In this case linear courses might prove themselves more handy. And that’s often the idea for mLearning application – to use the time when learner commutes etc.