DIY Tips for Non-Designers to Create an elearning Course

DIY Tips for Non-Designers to Create an elearning Course

by Pooja Mishra
on November 08, 2016

Most of us aren’t professional designers and neither everyone is lucky enough to have a designer for creating an online course. As a result, creating a visually appealing course remains a constant challenge as learners often register for a program which they find attractive.

But good news is that to build one such course you don’t have to be a professional designer. You can still impress learners, make screens look great even without any design training. And this blog shall help you discover guidelines to create an e-learning course like a pro.

  • Use Strong Images

The old adage,’a picture is worth thousand words’ captures the essence of visuals. In an e-learning course, it details what program is all about and supplements courseware across pages to add meaning. Hence, you must thoughtfully select and include visuals in the platform.

You can:

a) Consider replacing bullet points with images. Lengthy texts may look intimidating to learners but images will not. Use a judicious mix of text and images to ensure your learners are there with you through the course.

b) Use high-quality images and avoid generic ones. Choose photographs instead of clip art images.

c) Prefer images which evoke emotions like empathy, compassion, and laughter.

Apart from images, you may choose to include bar graphs, pie-charts, and histograms. These allow users to interpret details easily.

  • Keep Your Screen Clutter-Free

Designing a course requires sticking to the basics without overdoing with any element. So, while you create a page or screen make sure to keep it clutter-free. Avoid wrapping too much of content or images in a page and do away with unnecessary designs. Offer what learners seek and keep it simple.

At Examination Online, we ensure this by identifying the learner’s expectation first followed by other page elements and incorporate industry best practices to build the course.  

  • Use Colors Effectively

Choosing the right colors for e-learning course is crucial. This is so because color psychology and courseware together lay a strong impact on learning and retention. Right color combinations elicit emotions and garner response you expect from the audience. So consider using a balanced color scheme. Include preferably not more than 3 shades on a web page.  

  • Keep a Tab on Content Presentation

Before you start planning for the online course, it is essential to categorize the type of training content that shall be delivered. For instance, it can be conceptual or full distance learning course. Once you have categorized the type, chalk out ways in which you can present the content. You can choose between text, slides, audio or video. Select the suitable presentation technique which optimizes learning.

In case you hold an opinion that text is better, then break it to form small paragraphs or create bulleted lists of five to seven points maximum. To spruce up the program you can include audio, videos and presentation slides but none must be too lengthy to make learners lose interest.

  • Stick to a Theme

Often people with little design experience tend to create a course that has mismatched schemes or themes. You must avoid this. It’s key that you decide on a layout, font, pattern and follow it across the course. A consistent layout pattern helps the user avoid distraction. On the contrary, changes make it harder for learners to adjust and understand the content. Maintain consistency in font size, pattern, color schemes in pages.

Wrap Up

While the above-mentioned tips may look common, you’d be surprised to know that it often gets overlooked. These guidelines shall help you master the art of designing and tap the power to create memorable course. Great e-learning program stick to fundamentals and manage to deliver lessons without any distractions. A course that focuses on learning, not teaching!

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