Things to check when developing eLearning
When developing eLearning and digital training there are a number of checks you should perform to ensure that the course you are developing is of high quality and provides a good user experience for the learners. These checks can be performed as you are developing your eLearning course or as part of a review cycle e.g. alpha, beta etc.
Below are some things you should make sure you check when developing eLearning.
1. Copyrighted Content
This one is especially important when developing eLearning and digital training, using copyrighted content that someone else owns in your course could cause you financial and legal issues down the road. Copyrighted content covers a variety of things including text, video and images, whenever you decide to use copyrighted content always make sure you have the owner’s permission or the required license to do so. For example if you find an image on Google, save it and use it in your course this could cause problems as you do not own this image and may not have the right to use it. Always check to make sure the image is ok to use and distribute in your course.
2. Broken Links
Hyperlinks are a common form of navigation that you can use in your eLearning course. Hyperlinks can be used to link to content inside of your course, but more commonly they are used to link to external content that sites outside of your course e.g. a website. When checking your course always make sure your links work, as deleting one character to cause it to brake. When using hyperlinked content you need to keep in mind that this content could be remove at any point, as you don’t own the website, blogpost, video etc. if the owner decides to take it down or if the content is removed your link will now go to an empty page, this is something to keep in mind when adding hyperlinked content.
3. User doesn’t get stuck
Another thing to check carefully when developing eLearning and digital training is that the learner does not get stuck while taking your course. When developing slides you may want to add locks to pages that prevent the learner being able to proceed until they complete a set of actions, e.g. the learner has to click all the buttons before the next button becomes active and they can proceed. When developing these types of slides always make sure you test them well, check that if all the actions are complete it does unlock the page, also try to make sure that your pages are as intuitive as possible, if the learner is unable to figure out what they need to click on next it will create frustration and a bad user experience.
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