As a designer it is vital that your e-learning course is perfect! Meaning no mistakes or blunders of any kind, however to err is human and we tend to overlook the simple things while designing an e-learning course. Let’s take a look at the five most common slip-ups made in an e-learning course.
Grammar and spelling: An e-learning course is built on the foundation of language where grammar is expected to be flawless; however there are times when the best of us falter and mistakes happen. Grammar and faults in spellings are a taboo, but there are ways in which you can save yourself; there are plenty of websites dedicated to do a spell checks and grammar corrections, such as: Spellchecks, you can use them if ever in doubt.
Unclear instructions: Instructions are the road map of your course, an error in instruction can make your course an unpleasant roller coaster ride. Keep checking time and again, if your instructions are framed in a simple proper and understandable way. For example, ‘Click the arrows to learn more’ is not an appropriate instruction, the right way would be: Please click the arrows in the upper right-hand corner, to learn more.
Fonts and size: Every e-learning course is aimed at being visually appealing. This is where every designer must be extra careful, because different fonts in the same course or page, can be an irritant to the learner. It is best to check and then recheck that your font style and size remain the same all through your course, as this brings uniformity and evenness. There are websites such as Typetester that compare font sizes in a single screen.
Incorrect labeling of illustrations: All e-learning courses are visual in nature, this makes it particularly necessary that the illustrations designed are placed and described, according to the content and context. Incorrect labeling ruins the framework of your course, making it harder for you to put your point across, because when compared to text, images are seen more frequently. For this there is the Microsoft How to Tell software, although meant for commercial services, it can at times be used in e-learning.
Copy right and plagiarism issues: Copyright is among the most important concerns in e-learning. This is one issue that can not only make or break your course, but also affect your organization. Copyright and plagiarism is the use of content images that do not belong to you. It is best to use your own creativity, because intellectual property today is as important as real estate. However, if you do refer someone else’s creation, it is required that you attribute the right source, to stay out of trouble. There are plenty of websites such as: Plagiarism that help you catch plagiarized sentences and phrases, so when in doubt use these websites and stay out of trouble.
These mistakes may seem small and insignificant, but when these issues are taken care of, your course will appear polished from the first page. A good course gets the learners’ interested. and an engrossed learner is the biggest compliment an e-learning course can get.
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