Best practices for text in eLearning

When creating eLearning and digital training text will be one of the main things you will use to create your courses, however, when using text there are some best practices to consider.

Below are some best practices to think about when using text in your eLearning course.


1. Font Style


Choosing the type of font to use in your eLearning course is something you should think about carefully as it is something that will be seen throughout your course. When choosing a font, you should look at the font that your organisation uses, if your organisation has a style guide it should list the fonts you can use. When applying the font to your course make sure that it is applied consistently throughout, try to limit the number of different fonts you use and be consistent.


2. Limiting Amount of Text

When creating your eLearning course, it can be tempting to use lots of text as it is a quick and effective way to teach your learners about a subject. However, you should be careful that you do not use too much text as it can make your course become static and uninteresting for learners. If you find that you are using a lot of text, try to teach learners using other media in addition to text such as audio, video, images or whiteboard animations.


3. Colours


When adding text to your eLearning courses you should think carefully about how the colour of the text contrasts with the background. Using dark font colours (e.g. black) with light backgrounds (e.g. white) will provide a good level of contrast and makes it easy for your learners to read. However, if the colours contrast e.g., yellow text on a green background, this can be difficult for learners to read and can provide a bad user experience for learners.


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