With offline access, learners can use course material even when they are not connected to the internet. This is a fantastic inclusive feature because it enables users to learn on-the-go and revisit course information anytime they need to, with no barriers.
Use cases for offline access include:
- For learners in places with unreliable or intermittent access to the internet
- For learners who require access while commuting or traveling
- For accessing courses on mobile devices without using mobile data
- For B2B companies who offer specialised courses that would require the need for online/offline access to improve user stickiness
A high-quality online course should also be available offline to ensure a positive learning experience. Offline access can be provided through a downloadable version of the course, allowing users to read content and watch course videos without an internet connection. This way, you won’t run the risk of any of your learners being at a disadvantage.
As mentioned you could allow users to download PDF’s, videos and other course materials locally, however another option is to develop your own app in order to sync up learners’ activity once they go back online. Using Experience API (xAPI) is another option, which similarly allows learners to save data locally and then it syncs up when they are back online. With xAPI videos are also protected via Data Rights Management (DRM), which would prevent video sharing between enrolled users and those who are not paying for your course.