The devil is in the detail is an idiom which, I find aptly applies to e-learning design and development, as finer aspects like text, fonts, spellings, grammar, quality of audio can make or break the experience of a learner. Try and visualise an e-learning course where the on screen text has grammatical errors or the quality of audio is uneven and frizzy, will you enjoy developing such an e-learning? The answer is a straight no.
So in this blog, I have highlighted certain key areas of an e-learning module where utmost attention needs to be paid by the designers/developers.
1.Use of appropriate multimedia contents(animations, Images, graphics, and videos etc should be meaningful, have a purpose) is essential to enhance the visual appeal of the modules.
2.Ensure videos and animations are consistent in quality, size, and type and make sure to check the supporting formats for the video content.
3.Ensure that the audio playback in the module is working fine. Sometimes there are chances that audio can become muted or frizzy in certain sections of the module.
4.If there is an audio in the module, ensure that the audio is in sync with the text.
General Design and Fonts
1.Ensure that the design of the module is visually appealing and aligned to the ID document.
2.Branding/identity guidelines as specified by the client have been followed.
3.Ensure that the fonts used are standard across the modules ensuring good visibility and readability.
4.Check for both spelling mistakes and grammatical errors in the text.
1.Ensure that the interactivity options in the modules are all working fine across the various platforms and devices.
2.Ensure interactivity options are distinctly visible to the learners by giving them on screen and audio instructions for the same.
3.Ensure well-scripted instructions are given to the learners to allow them to use interactivity.
1.Check if the navigation is smooth and as per the defined order in ID.
2.Check the navigation in multiple devices too like desktops and smartphones, tablets etc.
3.Ensure that all the hyperlinks are working right in the modules.
4.Ensure all external attachments like pdfs/or any other documents, which have to be included under the resources section are working fine.
5.Ensure the Menu, Glossary, Help or any other buttons which are enabled in a course are working fine.
1.Both hardware and software requirements have been identified especially when you are using certain rapid authoring tools for publishing your e-learning content. Most of these tools have their technical specification section, which clearly outlines the hardware and software requirements. Do not forget to go through it to ensure that your rapid authoring tool will publish the output which is compatible with the learning environment of the client.
2.Ensure the published output is running across multiple browsers and various operating system versions etc.
3.Ensure accessibility across different electronic devices like smartphones, tablets,ipads etc.if you are publishing responsive modules.
4.Run a test file on the LMS or learning environment from where your file will be ultimately accessed from to ensure its compatibility. This is recommended to be done at the beginning of the project to avoid any surprises later.
Designing and developing an e-learning module is as much a science as it is an art, so ensure that you follow all the above recommended areas to create stunning and error-free e-learning modules.