An e-learning layout is the structure and design framework that holds the content of the learning module.

While there are various templates available these days for easy e-learning design, the designer should always choose an e-learning layout, which does justice to the content as well as confirms to the level of e-learning.

 In my previous blog, I had mentioned about the typical structure of every e-learning module which includes:

1.Introduction screen
2.Table of contents
3.Objectives and course goals
4.Directions and instructions
5.Course content
6.Quizzes, assessments, and surveys
7.Summary and final instructions

In this blog, let us see some layouts or designs which we can use for the various elearning screens respectively.

Design layout for introduction screen

First impression is the best impression and here the introduction screen of an e-learning module performs a similar role of capturing the attention of the learners to create a lasting impression.

E-learning design layouts are also keeping up with the design  and graphic trends. There are no longer those dull e-learning layouts, which are text heavy, instead the modern layouts include frame boxes and fluidity both for text and multimedia content.
There are number of ways you can create a strong and visually appealing design layout for an introduction screen and here  are a few examples.



(Source:https://360.articulate.com/content/templates)

The above layout positions itself with text boxes and an image placeholder to hold a high definition background image.
The background image is pushed here little back and the text boxes are pulled to the front to give a depth effect.




(Source: https://360.articulate.com/content/template/320)

This design layout style is less formal and takes inspiration from cartoon characters.

Design layouts for table of content



(source:https://community.articulate.com/articles/table-of-contents-design-examples-in-elearning)

This design layout arranges the menu options horizontally and gives a visual cue .Rather than relying on the text (quite common in table of content), the layout promotes the use of images as well as icons.
This layout also promotes interactivity as the learners can easily navigate across the module by clicking on the various icons placed at the bottom.



(source:https://i.pinimg.com/564x/35/40/73/354073415c51c85691cc6e587c9bb6c3.jpg)

This design layout takes inspiration from the traditional style of tabular columns and uses the multimedia images in the background to bring a decent visual appeal to the slide.
This layout is generally preferred when the table of contents doesn’t contain an elaborate list of topics.

 Design layouts for objectives and goals.

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The objective slide plays a very important role in making the learners informed about what are the different course objectives of an e-learning module or in short what are they going to learn through the module. Hence the design layout should give more importance to representing the content in a way that catches learner’s attention.
The above layout has two type of frame boxes i.e the image placeholder and the text boxes.

This design layout follows a formal and minimalistic design style approach. The objectives are split as two columns and the layout eliminates the use of a multimedia image.

Design layouts for instruction screen

This design layout promotes a good mix of human avatars and textual frames. The multimedia content i.e. high quality pictures like in the previous slides are not considered in this layout.
An instruction screen shows the complete list of instructions that the user requires to read and understand before attempting the learning module.

The use of  real human avatars in the design layout gives the learner the feel of an instructor /mentor, who is leading them/guiding them through the e-learning module.


https://360.articulate.com/content/template/267

This is a simple design layout where the text frames are given more importance and there is no separate frame for inserting multimedia content.

Design layouts for content screen

This is usually the heart of any e-learning module as this is the screen from where the actual learning begins.Here are some of the commonly used content design style in the present day e-learning modules.


https://360.articulate.com/content/template/263

This is one of the very popular e-learning layout used currently to present the content and if you closely observe the biggest advantage of the layout is that it is very easy to use and can be easily replicated throughout the module, whatever the content may be.

https://360.articulate.com/content/template/263

This is another variant of the previous design layout, here there is a horizontal picture frame and the textual frame is placed below the picture frame.



The design layout, here is split into four frames of equal sizes, the frames can be used to insert images as well as texts.
The layout is very useful, when you need to put the relevant and related images about the content on the screen.


Source-http://demo.fastercourse.com/storyline/FasterCourse_Adventure_Orange/story_html5.html

The present day e-learning modules mostly include short videos,and the above design layout gives the option of different frame boxes for holding the multimedia content and the text.



https://360.articulate.com/content/template/252

Infographics are another hot trends within the e-learning modules. The infographic add visual appeal to the module and also enable easier interpretation of the information on the screen.

Design layouts for various assessments type

Assessments are an integral part of every e-learning module as it helps to understand if the learning objectives are achieved.

With several types of e-learning assessments like multiple choice, drag and drop, hotspot etc, the designers are trying to be more innovative and creative with the design layouts and style.

Here, I have included three assessment style designs.

Drag and Drop


https://360.articulate.com/content/template/252

Multiple choice


http://demo.fastercourse.com/storyline/FasterCourse_Dark_Quiz/story_html5.html


This is a variant of multiple choice questions which uses the picture frames instead of the text, there are smaller interactive buttons kept in this layout to give you additional or more information.



https://360.articulate.com/content/template/320

This is the commonly used multiple choice design style where there is a horizontal text frame which is followed by the various options listed down.This design layout doesn’t use images placeholders.

Designs for summary screen


https://elearning.net/captivate-7-healthcare-elearning-template/

Source: https://360.articulate.com/content/template/267

This is another neat layout for the summary slide which gives a separate frame for including both the text and multimedia content.

So here were some of useful and popular e-learning design layouts, which you can use while designing your next e-learning course.

 
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