[Absorb4] Making Courses Available Offline

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Applies to: Starter, Pro, Plus, & Enterprise Plans

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Although you can now connect to the internet from nearly everywhere there are still a few places where it’s inaccessible. If you want your learners to be able to take advantage of those occasions, then this guide will provide a walkthrough for enabling offline viewing of course content.

 

Conditions

Only course content that does not attempt to report to the LMS can be delivered in this fashion. There may also be some additional restrictions given that not all content types are supported on mobile devices.

 

Eligible

  • Videos: MP4s mostly, as neither WebM or FLV files will play on most mobile devices.
  • Documents: PDFs, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, etc. Most of the common file types can be viewed on mobile devices, although they may require the learner to install an app.

Ineligible

  • SCORM  & AICC Content: Not only does this content require the LMS to start, it's also spread across multiple files and file types.
  • Absorb Assessments & Surveys: These do not exist as a separate file that can be accessed without the LMS.

As none of the eligible content types report to the LMS, you will need to use an alternate method for tracking whether your learners have completed the course. We recommend adding a separate exam to the course and setting the course completion to Optional. This will allow offline learners to receive credit for the course after having only completed the exam, and providing the exam is difficult enough, online learners will still need to view the content in order to complete the exam.

Setup

In order to enable your course content to be viewed offline you will need to duplicate it as resources for that course. The resources can then be downloaded in a zip file and opened on the learner's device.

  1. Access the lesson details for the course content that you would like to make available and copy the information from the Source line.

  2. Navigate to the Resources report and create a new resource for the selected course. Then, paste the lesson source information into the File(or URL): field and save your changes.

Learner Experience

  1. The learner can now navigate to the course in the user interface and select the Resources option.

  2. Once the resources have appeared, the learner will need to choose the Download All option. This will cause a zip file to be downloaded to the learner's system. 

  3. If they are using a laptop or another non-mobile device the process is now complete, as they can easily unzip the file and view their course content. However, if they are using a mobile device then the process is a little different.

Android Devices

  1. The zip file will successfully download, however learners will need to install an app to be able to open the file. Here are some of the many apps that can be used*:

    *We are merely providing these apps as a suggestion and will not be held responsible for any costs or issues resulting from their use.

  2. Once the app has been installed, the downloaded zip file can now be opened. This can be done from either the notification bar or from the file browser built into the above apps.

  3. Learners can now access the course content from within the zip file. Depending on their particular Android device, learners may need an additional app to view content like Word documents and PDFs.

iOS Devices

  1. The zip file will not be downloadable until an app has been installed that can handle zip files. Here are some of the many apps that can be used*:

    *We are merely providing these apps as a suggestion and will not be held responsible for any costs or issues resulting from their use.

  2. Once the app has been installed learners will be able to select the Download All link to get the zip file.

  3. Depending on the app the process may differ but after opening the file in the app they will be able to access the content within. Note that learners may need an additional app to view content like Word documents and PDFs.

 

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