In eLearning, content plays a vital role. In fact, it is the baseline for every eLearning course. If the content is too heavy or complex, learners will not be able to grasp the information presented quickly. Hence, it is important to avoid an overload on learners’ memory by making your eLearning text visually appealing.
In my recent post, I have explained to you the Importance of creating a visual strategy for eLearning and the elements to be considered while developing it. These strategies help to visualize content in an effective way to facilitate “glance learning”. In this post, I would like to share a few tips, which help you to make your eLearning course text look great.
Identify the content type
Onscreen content presentation depends on the type of content (Ruth Calvin Clark) such as facts, concepts, processes, procedures, and principles. For example, if the content is facts based, then it’s always preferable to present the content using tables and lists or mnemonics, job-aids, etc.; this helps the learner to remember and recall information quickly. Concepts can be presented using charts and graphs. Processes can be presented by using tables, steps and flowcharts. Procedures will be presented using steps, flowcharts and simulations. Principles or guidelines will be presented using slideshows; since they follow a linear structure of data, it is necessary to present content without changing or disturbing the flow of information.
Create simple paragraphs
Identify long paragraphs and divide them into shorter ones without changing its meaning. Chunking helps to present content into bulleted list. It helps the learner to grasp the given information in the content.
Here is an infographic that gives us a clear idea of content chunking and its purpose.
Identify key words
Keywords help learners to understand the given content and supports easy learning. Identify key phrases/quotations in the given content and highlight them with the supported colors to create at-a-glance learning.
If the content comprises any standards/definitions, present them in separate boxes on the screen and maintain consistency throughout the course.
Add visual elements
A visually rich course helps learners to understand information presented in a better way rather than a text-heavy screen. Hence support your eLearning content with appropriate infographics such as charts/diagrams and make sure that these are labeled correctly. Present the content with relevant images such as real images, vector images, illustrations and icons, etc.
This kind of information help learners to get motivated and remain focused on the given content.
Hope all these tips make your eLearning course visually rich and help to communicate information more effectively. Do you think there are other things that I have missed out here? Do share your thoughts and ideas.