When designing and developing eLearning the UI or User Interface is one of the key components in ensuring your training becomes an engaging and an enjoyable experience for your learners. In short the UI is everything the user interacts with, it is the colour scheme, the font selection and the overall look and feel of your course. When developing a UI it can be difficult as you want to ensure that your course reflects your companies brand and its values but also is modern, clean and enjoyable for learners to use.
Below are some things you can do to ensure you create an effective UI for your eLearning courses.
1. Responsive design
One of the key things in the modern day when it comes to developing the UI for your eLearning is to ensure its responsive. In 2019 learners are expecting to access eLearning on a wide variety of devices this means your eLearning might be taken on a laptop, smartphone or tablet. As a result of this the UI you design may vary, for example a UI design you create for a laptop may not work on a smartphone due to a laptop having a much larger screen space than a phone. This is why its important to ensure you UI is responsive to the device that the learner is on, most authoring tools will now have built in functionality that makes eLearning responsive but it is important to ensure your layout still works for the learner regardless of screen size.
2. Colour Scheme
Colour scheme are very important not only to create an effective UI for your eLearning but also to ensure it meets accessibility requirements for your learners. When deciding on which colours to use for your eLearning course there are several considerations you should take into account. For example does the eLearning match the colour scheme of your organisation? Will learners be able to recognise your learning content? Another factor to consider is clashing colour schemes, strong colours such as red & yellow may not be the most suitable for text and can be difficult for learners to read, this is particularly true when on vibrant backgrounds such as green. When selecting colour schemes for your eLearning ensure that it matches your organisations brand doesn’t cause discomfort for the learner.
3. Unclear Navigation
Navigation is a key part of your eLearning and can be the difference between your learner enjoying your eLearning module and giving up in frustration. When designing and developing eLearning it is important to remember that you will have a wide variety of learners with different technological skillsets. One learner might find your course initiative and easy to use whereas another might struggle to figure out what to click on next to proceed. To mitigate any risk always ensure what the learner needs to click on next is obvious, if needed you can use prompts to guide the learner. Navigation elements and buttons in general should share a common colour scheme and style, this way learners will become familiar with what can be clicked on and what can. When deciding on the types of navigation don’t forget you will have different screen sizes for different devices, therefore it is important to ensure that the type of navigation you use is appropriate for a variety of devices.
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