There are so many things to consider when you are developing an e-learning course. Whether you are an experienced e-learning professional or a beginner, there’s always a room to make mistakes.

Thus, to create the best effective elearning courses, here are few mistakes you must avoid making.

1)Not understanding the learning goals

Before starting with any e-learning course development, thoroughly understand the learning goals of the target audience. Lack of research will make the course a complete waste of time because the learners won’t be able to relate to the course and not get the complete value from it. Get a clear answer to questions like what is the learners’ profile, their education, experience and most importantly what do they need to learn from the course.

2)Using too much text on every slide

Learners can absorb and retain information only if their mind is not flooded with a lot of information in a textual form.  An e-learning course should be designed by presenting textual content through paragraphs or bullet points. Complex concepts should be in small and easily understandable style and provide an enjoyable learning experience.

3)Use of irrelevant or too many images/ graphics

Integrating too many or irrelevant images/graphics will distract the learner. The number of visual elements used should be limited, to the topic and of high quality.

4)Complex Navigation

If a learner is not able to navigate through an e-learning course easily, he won’t achieve the learning goals even if the module content and graphics are perfect as required. It is important to ensure that all the links used in the module are active and each slide can be accessed with ease.

Also while designing responsive courses, do keep in mind the design modifications to navigation, as navigation should be smooth on all the devices.

5)Not keeping updates about the latest technology changes

It is important to use different learning approaches and latest technologies to make an informative and engaging e-learning course. As an e-learning professional you must keep yourself updated with the latest technologies which can help in achieving the desired learning outcomes. One of the biggest mistakes here can be the lack of understanding about how learning experiences and outcomes are quite different on a personal device than on a computer.

As you might have noticed, most of these e-learning mistakes can be avoided with good planning at the instructional design stage, which can save you rework and redesign at the development stage.

I recommend having a look at this Infographic from Aiims Digital, which beautifully sums the common mistakes to avoid.