Importance of Prototype in E-learning

Importance of Prototype in E-learning

We all know that every stakeholder wants a quality product. For any company, delivering quality product means meeting customer demands by providing exceptional service. When it comes to the eLearning industry, delivering an engaging and effective eLearning course within the given budget and time really becomes challenging.

Developing prototypes is one of the ways through which we can ensure a quality product. Before the actual eLearning course development starts, prepare a prototype and send it to the client for approval. This helps us to develop a quality product within the given budget and schedule.

In this blog, I would like to share some of the benefits of developing a prototype.

Eliminates ambiguity

The prototype provides a quick overview of how the elearning course looks like at an early stage of the course development. If the stakeholder is unhappy with the proposed interface or design, it can be modified and corrected as per their feedback. Thus, it reduces ambiguity, flaws, incompleteness, inconsistency and misconceptions between the eLearning vendor and the stakeholder in the beginning of the course development itself.

Improves accuracy

The prototype acts as a blueprint for the e-learning course, helps in pointing out deficiencies in the course and improves accuracy.If the client is unhappy with the proposed design or interface, it can be amended right at the beginning. Similarly, it reduces the room for misinterpretation of communication or expectations in terms of design between you and the developer.

Cuts down the review time

A prototype considerably cuts down your review time. Certain aspects of the course such as slide layouts, presentation patterns and fonts will be decided before the development of the elearning course itself. Thus, it ensures that amendments and improvements are made and a final GUI is decided early in the design phase itself.

Helps meet stakeholder expectations

As we develop the elearning prototype and send it to the client for approval in the early development phase itself, it helps us meet the stakeholder expectations. As the client gets an idea of the look and feel of the course, he will be able to communicate his feedback in the early development stage itself. This avoids rework. We will be able to identify the problems at the initial stage itself and develop the course as per the client requirement.

These are some of the benefits of developing prototypes in eLearning. Can you think of other benefits of using a prototype? Please do share.

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