A few years ago I decided to prepare a new dish about which I knew nothing. To make it successful, I decided to make it at first in a small quantity. Once it was successful, I prepared the same dish for everyone in our home. A Prototype?? Yes, exactly! It was a prototype of my final product. Here, in this blog, I will discuss a few elements of prototyping.
What is a prototype?
Prototyping is the process of building the model of a system. Prototypes help system designers build an information system that is intuitive and easy to manipulate for end users. Prototyping is an iterative process that is part of the analysis phase of the system development life cycle.
What is a prototype in e-Learning?
A prototype is a sample model of the final e-learning course with the ideas and concepts. So here, you decide on a concept and bring it in a physical form which is a scaled-down version of your final elearning course.
What does an elearning prototype include?
A prototype must include:
- Content: Content is the basis. So, an elearning prototype will include content, which is chunked and represented using a presentation pattern.
- Media Elements: Here, media elements include the desired look and feel of the course. This may include the layout, colors, fonts, images, animations, etc.
- Functionality Elements: Functionality elements are the functions of the buttons which are going to be active in the course.
What does a good e-elearning prototype reflects?
A good prototype has a few characteristics, which are as follows:
- It demonstrates what will work and how
- It gives a clear picture of the strategy and idea
What are the benefits of a prototype?
Benefits of prototyping before creating an online learning course are:
- It provides a quick overview of how the final course will look like.
- It reduces the ambiguity and flaws between the eLearning vendor and the stakeholder.
- It acts as a blueprint of the course and helps find out if there are any problems or deficiencies.
- It reduces the time required for re-work at the initial stage.
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