Four ways to enhance your elearning design

It’s true that content is king, but without a carefully constructed layout, an elearning course is unable to offer the learners a truly effective learning experience. Read below for some of our tips on how you can enhance your elearning design:

Spacing

Spacing is an important part of an elearning course layout. There are three ways you can  effectively use white space to give your course a polished finish:

  • Use white space appropriately: White space (or negative space) is the portion of a page left unmarked or blank. Some graphic design best practices recommend that up to 50% of the design should consist of white space.
  • Apply the principle of balance: To achieve balance in your elearning design, you should evenly distribute visual weight in your course. To achieve a visual balance you should use equal spacing around all objects in your slide.
  • Understand symmetry: To create balance, we need to apply symmetry to the design. For example, you can balance a paragraph of text with an image of about the same size rather than having the image squished to fit the size of the paragraph.

Images

According to the multimedia principle, learners learn better when they engage in relevant cognitive processing. However, irrelevant images can have the opposite effect. If your learner has to try and work out why an image is there, it’s likely to distract them away from the learning content. Use relevant images, wisely, throughout your learning.

Try to steer away from mixing clip art, vector images, and photographs. Consistency helps learners concentrate and makes it easier for them to connect with the content in the course.

Navigation

We work in a highly digitalized society. With this digitalized society, we have a global digital language to call upon to aid our elearning navigation. Navigation should never be designed in a way that keeps the learner guessing their next move. Using familiar features, such as hamburger menus, ensures your learners can easily use your course. You can also achieve this through the use of images, timelines, even animations to create a more entertaining environment and keep your learners engaged.

Interactions

Interactivity creates curiosity. Learner engagement and retention, is increased when they have to actively participate in elearning. Adding interactions that require thoughtful input from your learners enhances the learning experience (and this means more than a ‘next’ button!) You can include interactions in your elearning course in a number of ways including quizzes, assessments, elearning scenarios, simulations and animations.

These are some of our top tips to enhance your elearning courses and really improve the learning experience for your learners. You can also check out our blog here to learn how to design attention grabbing learning to further enhance your elearning course.