Designing and writing your elearning content is an involved process. If you
are doing your job thoroughly, you have most likely spent quite a bit of
time making sure it is clear, concise, and effective. Making sure that the
technical aspects of your elearning are working smoothly is just as
important, because if the learner gets too annoyed with the usability of the
module, it won't matter how good the content is.
Here are a few things to avoid:
1. Ease of Navigation - learners should not feel challenged when
navigating through the module. Navigation from slide to slide should be
effortless and learners should be able to access resources easily. For
example, if they must step away from the module for some reason, it should
be easy for them to return to the module and continue from where they left
2. Multimedia Elements - be sure to check system requirements for the
playback of live videos, animated videos, etc. Include playback controls so
learners have the option to control volume or rewind/fast-forward. Make sure
to use high resolution images at all times so they aren't distracted by
fuzzy images, while also remembering to not over-clutter the module with too
many graphics. Only use graphics that support the content and make sense to
what is happening on the slide.
3. Responsive Design - as more and more learners are accessing online
learning from different devices, makes sure you aware of what those devices
are and plan your design with that in mind. There are authoring tools and
LMS platforms that offer responsive features, which will assist in every
learner receiving the same experience.
There are always going to be minor snags when it comes to technology, but
these 3 things will help keep them to a minimum.