As we all know, developing an eLearning course is both a science and an art. As a science, we have time-tested and evolving models to help us base our instructional strategies, based on the characteristics of learners and other pertinent factors. As an art, it depends on individual capabilities and aesthetic sensibilities, within the given constraints.
All of us, as instructional designers, possess an inherent desire to create the BEST course – each time! While this is not practically impossible, each course inevitably caters to a different target audience, delves on a different subject and is subject to diverse constraints – be it cultural, linguistic, et al. Therefore, there is no single best method to create a perfect course and creating a perfect, engaging course is a culmination of several factors.
In this blog, I will share 3 general tips which will help you develop a perfect course that will engage your learners.
1. Have an effective audio strategy
Audio adds life and interest to any course. It arrests learners’ attention and points them towards important issues. Hence, it is always important to have an effective audio script. Ensure that the tone of the script is friendly yet authoritative. It should help your learners identify and place themselves in the learning context.
The tone of the narrator is equally important as that is what learners will actually hear. Help the narrator deliver his/her best by providing detailed notes about the following:
- Pronunciation of typical/technical words
- Pronunciation of acronyms
- Pronunciation of proper nouns/culture-specific words
- Words/phrases to be emphasized
2. Check for Consistency
A course which looks uniform and standardized will catch the learners’ eye and help them become familiar with the various elements used in the course such as the buttons, icons, etc.
Strive for consistency in terms of the font sizes, styles, colors, and indents of the following elements:
- Titles – Check for consistency in the case (title case/sentence case)
- Bullet points – Check for consistency in the format and size of main and sub-bullets
Also, check for consistency in the spellings – ensure you follow one particular style throughout the course (British/American).
3. Check the Visual Strategy
Check for visual consistency in the online learning course. This includes checking for consistency in various elements such as the:
- Color scheme – check for the color pallet of the clients
- Icons used for presenting the various types of content
- Image placement and style
It is a good practice to provide titles outside the image so that can be edited easily, if needed.
These small things will go a long way in assuring you that your e-learning course is error-free, engaging, and valuable.
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