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Understand These 10 Principles of Good Design Before You Start Your Next eLearning Project

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Design is too often overlooked by course developers, or otherwise misunderstood – some eLearning designers think that as long as their course "looks good," the visuals are sufficient. But graphical …

Design is too often overlooked by course developers, or otherwise misunderstood – some eLearning designers think that as long as their course "looks good," the visuals are sufficient. But graphical composition and design affect the way a learner takes in information.

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  • 1. Understand these 10 Principles of Good Design Before You Start Your Next eLearning Project
  • 2. Guide the viewers eyeThe placement of the elements on each page should flownaturally from one to the next in a progression that lends itself tothe content youre teaching.
  • 3. Control the clutterGoing overboardwith text density inan eLearningcourse can be avery big deterrentto students,especially whentheyre reading ona screen.
  • 4. Shorten your columnsIts easier to read a shorter line of textthan a longer one; many readers feeldaunted by strings of words thatstretch all the way across their screen.
  • 5. WHITE SPACE IS YOUR BEST FRIEND.Dont fill every spot on the screenwith content or graphics. Thenegative space on the page canbe useful to guide the readersattention and eliminatedistractions.
  • 6. Make smart font choicesAvoid fancy fonts that are harder to read. Use size and color to emphasize orhighlight certain elements, but dont go overboard; less is more, especially indramatic color usage.
  • 7. Keep things consistentThe visual theme of your eLearning course should carry through frompage to page. Getting too creative can end up distracting the readerfrom the content.
  • 8. Watch your alignmentIt should always be clear what text is associated with whichimages, and any tables and charts should be easy to read at aglance.Alignment makes your course more organized and digestible, aswell as making it seem more professional.
  • 9. Let prominence inform position The content should be placed in a screen in the order of importance and relevance. The most relevant pieces should be placed in the upper left of the page, and anything important should be visible at the top of the page without scrolling.Look at this exercise:
  • 10. Offer easy accessDont turn your eLearning course into a scavenger hunt. Just as ineffective websites, any information that users want should beaccessible in three clicks or fewer.
  • 11. Employcontrastingcolors When it comes to eLearning, contrast is one ofthe most critical elements. It’shighly effective for keeping a learners attention as people are drawn to the contrast naturally.
  • 12. Learn more about SHIFT here.