In the storyboard, we give a rough idea of how the course should look like. We decide how each slide of the course should be represented. Based on all these ideas, the course is developed and our ideas are given life. When we receive the course after development, it is essential to review it thoroughly and make sure there are no errors in the course.
When reviewing the course, there is always a chance that we may forget to check a few things. To avoid such mistakes, it is preferable to have a checklist ready to remind us if we forget to check something in the review. For an error free course, here is a list of seven common things that need to be checked in every course.
1. Slide titles and page numbers
We need to ensure that every slide has a unique title, so that the title can be replicated in the menu and the learner can access it easily. Make sure the slide titles are matched with the storyboard. The second thing to check is whether the slide numbers are given properly or not. This helps the learner assess the duration of the course.
2. Clear graphics and their position
Graphics play a vital role in an e-learning course. We need to make sure the graphics in the course are not skewed. High resolution graphics must be used in the course. The next thing to check is whether they are placed in the proper position throughout the course. To grab the learner’s attention, it is advisable to place the graphics always on the right side of the slide.
3. Font and color consistency
We need to check whether the font is clear and readable. The same font must be used throughout the course, in order to maintain consistency. To highlight the main points on the screen, we can use either bold or italicized text or show the text in a different color.
The colors used in the course must be same throughout the entire course. For example, for an interactivity used in the course, if you use blue, navy blue and grey to show the normal, hover and visited states respectively, then the same must be used in the entire course.
4. White spaces and unnecessary gaps
The extra spaces or white spaces in a course would irritate a learner. So, it is essential to check and remove white spaces or extra spaces in the slide. Sometimes, there may be a ‘double space’ between two words which must be removed. After every sentence, a specified amount of space must be given, and this must be consistently adopted throughout the course.
5. Functionality and navigation
Functionality and navigation are the most important aspects of a course review. We need to check whether all the clickable elements of the course are working appropriately and show the right content on click. All the buttons, links etc. must be checked whether they are working properly or not. Regarding navigation, it should be clearly understood and must be free to use.
6. Check thoroughly with the storyboard
The storyboard is the base of any course. So, make sure that the course is checked in accordance with the storyboard. The entire text, graphics, titles etc. from the storyboard must be there as they are in the course.
7. Abide by the standards of the project
As instructional designers, we may be working on different projects that belong to different clients. Every client may have different standards that they follow in their organization. So, we need to be clear about such standards and make sure that they are followed in the course. For example, one of our clients does not want us to show numbers preceding with zero (“01”, “02”, “03”), and they wanted them to be shown as only “1”, “2”, “3” and so on. This was their standard of using numbers in their organization.
For an error-free course, these 7 things must be checked invariably. I hope you find this checklist useful. Please do share your ideas on it.