I am working on researching mobile web development as a possible avenue for e-learning content delivery. A common way to deliver e-learning lessons is to use audio with visuals to reinforce the lesson. The ideal way to deliver content to users who can hear is to allow the user to play the audio while exploring visual diagrams at the users own pace.
This is the first time I have used audio on a mobile website and what I am finding in my research at this time is it may not possible to present the same experience for users across BlackBerry, Android, and iPhone. Even if I were to limit the site to BlackBerry 5.0 OS and Andriod 2.2, I can not get audio to play in the users browser while the user continues to view the site. The iPhone is the only platform that this delivery format works for.
My company specializes in e-learning and we have clients interested in mobile learning websites that require audio and visuals. The tricky part is, clients want to be able to support Blackberry, Android, and iPhone. They know this might not work so some offered to restrict project requirements to newer BlackBerries (5.0+) and Andriod (2.2+).
To me it looks like the only thing most blackberrys (or all) will support are audio files that can play in the phones native audio player, which means the user is forced to leave the site, and then when the file is done playing they have to close the audio player and open their web browser again. This is not very useful for learning content delivery and I am assuming audio delivery would work the same on an Android.
At this point it is looking like video is the only way to deliver audio and visual learning.
Any resources on the subject would be helpful as I’m having difficulty finding any information about the subject. (example sites would be appreciated)
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