Designing the prototype of an eLearning course and getting it approved before developing the course plays a key role in the smooth execution of the online course development project. Having a prototype allows the client and the developer to be on the same page, and this helps reduce rework in the later stages of the project.
You can perform the following tasks easily using a prototype.
1. Finding design issues to improve accuracy
Ideas that we conceptualize in mind might not be possible while developing. There may be many creative ideas in the developer’s mind, but sometimes they fall short while coming to the tool used. While making the prototype, any issues relating to design can be found out and can be solved at this stage itself. As a series of modifications takes place, accuracy is improved.
2. Meeting expectations and sharing information better
Developing a prototype is the best way to convey the design ideas of both parties to create an eLearning course. As client gets an idea of the look and feel, functionalities and interactivities of the eLearning course in advance, there will be no surprises to him when he looks at the final product. Prototype helps align the course to the expectations of the stakeholders.
3. Reducing development time
As the expectations of the stakeholders are aligned and developers know what to do and what not to do, it reduces the time for the final course development drastically.
4. Verifying the feasibility of ideas
Ideas that work well in mind may not be feasible in the “real” world This could be due to the limitations of the authoring tools used. Many ideas may arise in the mind of the project team but all of them may not be feasible. A prototype helps test the feasibility of ideas.
5. Facilitating testing of functionalities and interactivities
A prototype helps test the functionality. There may be some functionality issues at the client end, even though the same might work perfectly at your end. Resolving these types of functional issues in the initial stage helps avoid chaos at a later stage. Some eLearning interactivities need to be witnessed and approved.
6. Revealing unseen opportunities
Some of the unseen opportunities are revealed by prototypes. While developers develop the prototype, they reveal many unseen opportunities which make the course rich.
These are some of the major benefits of developing an eLearning course prototype. Skipping the development of the prototype is not a wise idea. It helps you avoid a lot of rework. It also helps you complete the project without time and cost overruns. What do you think?