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As more and more students access courses from their smartphones, tablets or other mobile devices, it is increasingly important to ensure your courses are mobile-friendly.

Encouraging students to install the official Moodle mobile app is one way to improve their learning experience. Below are some suggestions for optimising your course materials for students both using the app and accessing Moodle from mobile devices.

Use a mobile-friendly theme

Recent versions of Moodle allow for responsive themes, which adapt to the browser screen size. Make sure your course uses such a theme and check its contents yourself before your students start the course.

Notifications and messages

Encourage your students to enable mobile notifications so they are alerted about calendar events, forum posts, messages, assignment submissions and so on. Find out more in Mobile app notifications.

Provide a 'how to' guide to Moodle on the mobile

Consider offering your students a guide (as a PDF or a page resource) on how to access your course on the app, what they can do and not (yet) do from the app. Read up on the Moodle Mobile features and what's New for mobile.

Setting up your course

  • Topics or weekly course format is best suited to mobile devices.
  • Don't use orphaned activities or direct links to activities.
  • If you have a mix of students accessing the course on mobile and desktop, consider asking your admin to install the Moodle Mobile availability plugin which restricts items to desktop or mobile users.

Course content

  • Labels are initially collapsed, so include a short text introduction of what is inside any label.
  • Use responsive HTML in pages or mini-sites.
  • Try to use a page resource instead of downloadable documents where possible.
  • Avoid uploading many documents or having numerous, text heavy pages. Think more in terms of short "information-bytes".
  • If you include YouTube videos, provide them also for download and offline viewing in a folder. Not all video formats are supported so add them in different formats. (MP4 is probably the most widely accepted format.)
  • Note that if you add YouTube video links or map links as URL resources, they will open automatically in the app.
Short text for label
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Things to avoid

Some activities are not yet supported by the mobile app, so find alternatives.

See Moodle Mobile SCORM player for things to avoid in SCORM packages.

Learn more