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Why Should Instructional Designers Use Prototypes for E-Learning?

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Why Should Instructional Designers Use Prototypes for E-Learning?

Creating an effective eLearning course is a challenging task, as you need to cater to the expectations of different stakeholders. You can make it easier using prototypes.

A prototype is a sample of the “final” eLearning course. It gives a clear idea to the stakeholders of how the course would look like upon the completion of development.

Here, I would like to share some benefits of using prototypes in eLearning.

Provides clarity on the final output

Prototype gives a clear picture of the strategy and good idea of how the elearning course will look like when the development is complete. It provides a quick overview of the final course by helping zero-in on the final GUI in the early stages of the design phase.

Provides clarity on the final output

Eliminates ambiguity

Prototypes go a long way in helping the developer understand the requirements of the client properly. The client can view the prototype and suggest modifications to the course, if needed. Thus, it reduces the ambiguity, incompleteness, inconsistency, misconceptions and faults between the developer and the client.

Eliminates ambiguity

Improves accuracy

Inconsistencies in the eLearning course can be identified and eliminated in the initial stages of development, and this result in an online course of high quality without time and cost overruns. 

In case, the client asks feedback in the proposed design or interface, it can be corrected right at the beginning. Thus, it improves accuracy of the final course.

Improves accuracy

Cuts down the review time

You can reduce the time taken to review the course considerably using a prototype. This is because certain important elements of the course such as the fonts, slide layouts, interactivities, etc. will be finalized before the development of the elearning course.

Cuts down the review time

Helps meet stakeholder’s expectations

Prototype helps you meet the stakeholder’s expectations, because it helps you understand his requirements clearly. Furthermore, shortcomings are addressed quite early in the development process, and this leads to the development of a first-rate online course.

Helps meet stakeholder’s expectations

Creation of a prototype is generally seen as an additional step in the eLearning development, and people try to skip it as it takes time and resources. But, it helps you to save considerable time and avoid rework.

These are some of the benefits of using prototypes in eLearning. Please share your thoughts!

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