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How to Avoid Instructional Design Pitfalls in E-learning?

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How to Avoid Instructional Design Pitfalls in eLearning?

Have you ever experienced sitting hours together to complete an eLearning course and ultimately becoming bored and irritated? This is because the course looks more like a lecture and less like a course.

Developing an eLearning course is really very challenging. It is all about creating a remarkable and attractive learning experience. Despite considering all the aspects such as planning, designing, adding interactivities and so on, there are chances that things may not work out as expected. It’s even worse when learners give negative response and you will be left to answer the questions from clients.

So how can you overcome this? What will you do to garner learner’s attention or increase their participation levels?

Here are some tips to avoid mistakes while developing an eLearning course.

Do Not Dump Too Much Content

Too much content onscreen makes learner confused and overwhelmed. If we use more than two minutes of content on one slide, the learner gets distracted and loses interest. Try to break the content into separate slides and present it in a simple and creative way. Use appropriate images, animations, graphics, Illustrations, interactivities, gestures wherever possible.

Do not Dump Too Much Content

Understand the Objectives of the Program

Developing the eLearning course without proper learning objectives might mislead the learner from the course and result in an unproductive course. Desired learning outcome cannot be achieved if they are not framed properly. An instructional designer should be clear with the objectives of the program, which will boost the scope for progress and enhance the learning process. Properly framing up the learning objectives makes your course a success.

Understand Learning Objectives of the Program

Maintain evenness in visual design

Visual designing is not as easy as people think it is. Besides the instructional tactics, visual designing plays a key role in developing an eye-catching and attractive eLearning course. As an Instructional designer, it is very essential to make the content look visually rich by following the style guide like maintaining the clear fonts, using proper colors, apt images and animations throughout the course. Good and attractive visual designing keeps learners engaged for longer hours and helps them retain information.

Provide Job Aids

As an instructional designer it is of utmost importance to use job aids in eLearning. If we don’t use job aids in eLearning there are chances for the learners to miss some important information. Using Job Aids in eLearning helps learners to complete the course in a cohesive and easy manner. Job Aids in eLearning act as an allusion to the learners. There are various types of job aids like FAQs, user manuals, decision tables, flowchart, etc. They act as a means to the learner to accomplish tasks without remembering much of the information.

Provide Jobaids

Choose Appropriate Tools

If we fail to choose the right authoring tool while developing the course, we may not be able to produce the course as per the requirement of the stakeholder. Selection of inappropriate tools results in rework. Some of the tools we use are Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, I Spring, Lectora Inspire, etc. These tools greatly help in developing an efficient course. For example to develop content-heavy courses, Lectora would be the best option. Similarly, to develop simulations we can use adobe captivate. Thus, choosing the right authoring tool makes us to develop the course within the given time, budget and quality.

These are some of the tips that I have shared with you out of my experience. Please do share your views.

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