Posted by Brian McNamara
Many organizations have begun to embrace the concept of “BYOD” (Bring Your Own Device), so we thought it would be useful to share a few tips on how to optimize your online assessments for the broadest range of devices and browsers possible.
Mobile devices are increasingly being used for delivering online surveys and quizzes. We’re also seeing more customers using mobile devices for observational assessment, and exploring the potential of tablets for “mobile test centers.”
Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you’re planning to deliver to smartphones or tablets:
1. Think small. Fortunately, Questionmark’s auto-sensing, auto-sizing interface makes it easy to accommodate a broad range of devices. However, you still should consider the word-count of your items and types of content you wish to deliver. For example, large images that are crucial to a question’s stimulus and/or choices could put users of small-screen devices at a disadvantage. Likewise, they may also take longer to load if the mobile device has a less-than-optimal data-connection signal.
2. Provide QR Codes to make it easy to access quizzes and surveys via mobile devices. A QR Code can contain a URL that makes it quick and easy to launch an assessment, improve survey response rates, and enable capturing of demographic data. See the blog article for more info: “Using QR Codes – Start to Finish”
3. Be cautious using Flash, or avoid it altogether, as many devices (particular iOS devices such as the iPhone) do not provide native support for it.
4. Test it out! Try your assessments on as many different devices as practical. There are many “emulators” that you can use on PCs to help understand how content will appear on the ‘small screen’ — but be cautious as they don’t always give a true “user experience.”
If you’d like to learn more, sign up for one of our web seminars on mobile assessment delivery!