There are enormous benefits to eLearning preparing coursework. The course is designed one time, it is loaded into your system, and there it rather permanently resides, to be accessed and completed as there is an individual or little gathering need. This is perhaps the biggest benefit of an eLearning instructional class. No more need to get a human trainer with a set date and time to which all learners must adhere. There is flexibility in learning time; there is a self-paced calculate inside reasonable time frames; and learners can access the preparation even amid non-work hours, from the solace of their homes or nearby coffee shops. It’s really a “win-win” for everyone.
Since we all agree that eLearning is efficient and preferred, the challenge becomes one of making a course as user-friendly as would be prudent, with the goal that learners are motivated and engaged. It additionally means that the design and development provides an intuitive and easily understood user interface. Nothing is more baffling for a learner than to be unsure of where to go and what to do. This can be a non-issue with the correct design and development.
Here are helpful tips to make the user experience and interface friendly, as your designer/developer sets about the undertaking of creating a course.
Instructions Up Front:
Nothing is more disappointing for a learner than to have to figure out what the course objectives are, where to begin, and if there is a required sequence of modules or the flexibility to complete modules independently of each other. They need to know exactly how to proceed, and they need to know in advance.
One great approach to do this is to create a course guide that provides the greater part of the underlying guidelines, in step-by-step design, so that the way to completion is very clear. Utilizing a visual design for this can be quite effective, rather than a mass of text that must be waded through periodically. What’s more, around the end of each module, the user can be reminded of an up and coming assessment. Once that assessment is completed successfully, there ought to be a one-tick connection to the next module, especially if sequence is basic.
In the event that no sequence is required, then the learner ought to be directed to a page that provides the majority of the remaining module choices, so that s/he can select one.
Toward the beginning of each module, there ought to likewise be clear guidelines about how to proceed through that learning movement.
Use Navigation Tools That are Familiar:
Knowing your learner audience is basic for a number of reasons – vocabulary, style of guidelines, visuals, etc. – these things are vital, especially if the learner gatherings are spread out far and wide. There may have to be, truth be told, custom versions of a course for different audiences. You already know this and have presumably provided for it. Be that as it may, in the design, bear in mind the navigational devices that users will discover “friendly.” Buttons, bolts, etc. in natural hues, shapes, sizes, and words are essential. Placement of connections ought to likewise be well-known – best, side rail, etc., and if symbols are used, they need to be ones that the audience will know and understand.
Be Consistent with Module Templates:
It’s baffling for a learner to have to acclimate to a different template, shading, design, and route as he works through the course. Come up with a master design template into which the majority of the modules will fit well. When learners can navigate starting with one module then onto the next and inside each module with recognition, they can concentrate on the content without diversions.
Part off consistency involves the use of text styles. On the off chance that you “overload” your learner with a wide range of text styles, their cerebrum must alter similarly the same number of times. OWDT Design Studio suggests that the use of two textual styles is ideal. Of courses, different sizes inside those textual styles can flag key terms and content.
Respect Learner Need for Variety and Visuals:
Nobody needs to experience an eLearning course the way they would a textbook. Here are some essential guidelines:
- When you should present content in text frame, break it up with intense sub-headings, bullet focuses, and short sections. What’s more, keep the sentence structure as simple as could be allowed.
- Use visuals whenever possible. On the off chance that you can create an infographic, an outline, a graph, or even a movement to illustrate key concepts, the content will be significantly more memorable.
- When possible, use gaming for reviews and assessments this will engage the learner much more. Research backs this up.
Responsive Design/Cloud Access are Not Optional:
You need to make your eLearning courses user-friendly. Furthermore, you need your learners to have the greater part of the flexibility you can give them as they move through this coursework. To require the use of in-house devices places restrictions on learners that are unnecessary and often baffling. A online learner might be away at a business meeting and have down-time in his hotel. Being able to access a course by means of his portable workstation, tablet, or even phone is a great convenience. The more accessible the coursework, the greater the completion rate.
Test Along The Way:
As each piece of an eLearning course is designed, it ought to be user-tested. People inside the association ought to be used for such testing, because this is the workplace environment of the learners. Language, concept terminology, and a large group of other things are often unique to an association. On the off chance that in-house testers have any difficulties, these can be fixed progressively, as each section or module is developed.
Provide for Remediation:
Some learners get a handle on concepts and aptitudes rapidly. Others may require that content or aptitudes be introduced again or in a different manner. Sometimes it’s simply an issue of retaining extra examples. There ought to dependably be arrangements for this for each real concept or ability that is presented. Be certain there are internal connections to an alternate presentation or extra examples for those who need it.
Incorporate a Navigation Map:
Learners like to “nibble” sometimes. They might need to get the comprehensive view in the beginning by having an underlying take a gander at all of the modules before delving in. in the event that there is flexibility in sequence, they might need to hop around. They likewise may need to re-visit a section or module they have already completed and mastered. A route outline a clear connection to it makes the greater part of this easy for them to do.
Continuously Incorporate a Feedback Loop:
No eLearning course will be perfect “out of the gate.” Even however strong testing has occurred, it is critical to get learner feedback, not just about the course content but rather about the entire user experience. Notwithstanding learner feedback, consider working in a decent LMS system that will generate reports and indicate specific spots of concern. Those spots might be caused by design or route issues that can be easily repaired.
Successful eLearning is the result of two noteworthy elements. To start with, the content presentation and activities must be engaging and motivational; second, there ought to be no obstacles to a great UX and UI. These nine tips will help to remove those obstacles and ensure that learners don’t become irritated or frustrated.