If you have a tight timeline to create an effective elearning course, then it can become difficult to ensure your course adheres to the leading design principles.
Granted, the more time you spend creating courses the more natural it is to incorporate these elements. Still, it never hurts to double-check your work.
With so many elements to keep track of when creating a course, how do you know which ones to pay attention to?
I suppose this is a bit of a loaded question since you really should get into the habit of effective elearning development no matter what the situation. However, if you are looking for some general course development guidelines, the tips below (originally detailed by SHIFT ELearning) will put your development onto the right path from the beginning.
TIP #1: Storyboard First
Before you jump into design, take a moment to create an outline for your course (known as a storyboard). At the very least this will force you to think about the general hierarchy of the content and you won’t waste time during the development stage.
TIP #2: Use Sans Serif Fonts
One common mistake from less-seasoned instructional designers is font selection. Sans serif font has a reputation of being easy to read on a computer screen. If you select a sans serif font, you can focus on other elements knowing your font selection is optimal for on-screen training.
TIP #3: Repeat Design Elements
Each section of your course should share design elements. First, this helps with continuity of the presentation. A nice side-benefit though is that you are leveraging your previous efforts so as to put more time into content verification.