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Prototypes in E-learning: When to Develop and What to Include?

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Prototypes in eLearning: When to Develop and What to Include

Imagine a situation where your stakeholder is unaware of the eLearning course being developed till he gets the final product, and then he is unhappy with the outcome. A lot of rework has to be done to meet the client requirements. To avoid such situations, we use prototypes. A Prototype is a sample of your eLearning course. It gives a clear idea to the stakeholder on how the course will look like after completion.

If the stakeholder has any doubts, they can be clarified at that point. In this blog, I have discussed when to develop an elearning prototype and what you need to include in it.

When should you develop a prototype?

  • Every client has his own requirements, and if you want to assure him that you are meeting their requirements then a prototype must be developed.This helps him give a clear picture of how the final product will look like and any kind of ambiguity can be cleared at that stage itself.
  • If you wish to include a new instructional strategy in your course, then a sample must be sent to the stakeholder and feedback must be obtained.
  • To provide the information about the authoring tools, which you are using to develop your eLearning course and to show the look and feel of the course, you need a prototype.

What should you include in the prototype?

  • Considering the client requirements, prepare a GUI which includes the colors you would use throughout the elearning course, global elements such as resources, job aids, glossary etc. and the placement of icons or buttons.
  • Your prototype must include a sample of 4 or 5 slides that replicate your final elearning course exactly. These slides should include the type of interactivities, instructional strategies and other learning elements that you want to incorporate into the eLearning course.

Taking out a little time for developing a prototype would help avoid rework in the later stages of the elearning development cycle. Hope this post was helpful. Please do share if you have anything to say.

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