In any eLearning course, we are so caught up with creating content and visuals that we tend to neglect a vital aspect of any eLearning course, which is the Graphic User Interface, popularly known as the GUI. It is a well-known fact that the GUI can have a make or break effect on your e-learning course.
Now many factors contribute to the designing of a GUI; the most common one is to match the interface with the product or company branding. In addition to this, designers have ample freedom to play around and create a unique graphic user interface. However, while designing your GUI it is best to bear the following principles in mind.
1. Have a low-profile GUI
It is easy to get distracted with all the colors and designs so much so that your GUI may end up overpowering your content. An ideal GUI plays only second fiddle to your content. For instance, your GUI should get the attention of the learner only after he has imbibed the content on the slide. If you find the GUI taking precedence over the content for any reason, it is time to revise your GUI.
2. Have a self-explanatory GUI
Your GUI must be self-explanatory in nature; the learner must have little or no confusion about the GUI navigation and how to use it. To do this, you need to have a set structure in place; for instance, the human eye always has a tendency to first look at the top left of the screen; bearing this in mind, it is best to keep all the important navigation functions such as the help button or the resources button on the top left of the screen. The lesser your GUI distracts the better it is for the learner.
3. Have a clear-cut smart GUI design
A highly skilled designer pays attention to detail while designing, bearing in mind that learners are already avid users of social media or even their own company’s website, and that they are well versed with its user interface. Be smart and have a design that resembles these interfaces, so that your learner feels at home! Another advantage of using this approach is that you will most likely overcome navigational issues, if any, in your course.
4. Have a flexible GUI
As responsive learning is gaining increased acceptance, there is more pressure on the graphic user interface to overcome the limitations of browser and screen sizes. Gone are the days when courses were restricted to a single height and width. To match up to this new age requirement, you can create a graphic user interface that is compatible with technologies such as HTML5, CSS 3 Jquery, and Java script. These help in meeting your responsive design requirement. For more information on responsive design in e-Learning, check out
I hope you found this post informative. What are the principles you follow to design your eLearning course GUI? Feel free to post a comment.