How to Develop Effective eLearning

Designing Digitally


eLearning is one of the most effective modes of training that you can offer your employees. It keeps the learner engaged and reduces several cost overheads for the organization. But, it is not easy to develop. The difference between average and excellent eLearning development can be measured by the overall impact it had on the learners. Therefore, organizations should not take any chances or compromise with eLearning development. 

Whether you are a pro at e-learning development or a newbie, it is essential to keep these top five tips in mind while designing instruction.

#1: Bring consistency to your design

With so many styles, colors, fonts, and designs available, it is easy for the eLearning developer to get overly excited at the prospect of using them all. This can be overwhelming for the learners. The developer must be consistent in the usage of buttons, placement of images, fonts, borders, margins, colors, and other visual aspects. Apart from adding a professional touch to the visual style, design consistency in eLearning development ensures easy navigation within the course. It also considerably cuts down on the development time, as fewer changes will need to make to every slide.

#2: Don’t do it all alone, consult SMEs

We all have our strengths. It may be eLearning development for you. It may be the content you include in the eLearning material for someone else. When undertaking eLearning development, consult with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). Their knowledge will ensure the course material is delivered in the best possible manner. Before you approach an SME, prepare a set of questions to ask and be open to honest feedback about your eLearning development efforts.

Read also: eLearning Development and the Role of SMEs 

#3: Organize the content

It is easy for the eLearning developer to fill up the screen with a great deal of information and overwhelm the learner. Striking a balance between lack of content and overstuffing the course with content is the key to ensuring that the readers understand the system and your development efforts don’t go to waste. One of the best methods to employ while undertaking eLearning development is organizing the content in logical chunks. If you follow the topical method, then the content flow will not confuse the learners.

#4: Include a tutorial

 Since you are in charge of eLearning development, understanding the course might seem easy to you. However, it may not be the same for all the learners. A basic tutorial consisting of a step-by-step guide on navigating the course can go a long way in ensuring that the learners don’t have a hard time figuring out the navigation. This applies to simple modules, as well as courses with branching scenarios and game elements.

#5: Test, test, and test

It is imperative to test the course before launching it to a broad audience. Choose a small target audience and conduct a pilot. Get their feedback and implement changes to iron out the last few creases.

At Designing Digitally, Inc., we excel at creating top-quality training for your employees. You just need to tell us your requirements, and we will handle the rest. We can help you identify your training needs to ensure courses align with your business goals. 

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Please note this blog was updated by our team on 4/15/2021.