eLearning Design Best Practices

eLearning Design And Best Practices

Date October 07 2021
Duration 60 Minutes
Some experts perceive eLearning design as an art, while others believe it is clearly a science. Whatever the case, no one can deny that eLearning courses should always be immersive, relevant, and contextual! If you want to achieve this status for your own course delivery, join CommLab India in this insightful session. We will explore eLearning design best practices, content optimization tips, and much more! This event is sponsored by eLearning Industry.
Speaker Shalini Merugu | Director – Learning Solutions, CommLab India
Shalini is a versatile learning design professional with 16+ years of experience in instructional design (ILT, VILT, and eLearning). She is an expert in customer training, designing learning and user assistance solutions, and technical documentation. She provides creative strategies for designing effective blended solutions. Her experience in designing eLearning solutions along with designing and delivering instructor-led training helps her leverage the strengths of each medium to consistently create impactful training solutions, ensuring that nothing is lost when converting from one format to another. Shalini works closely with customers to understand their training requirements and learner demographics to suggest the best learning strategy for each requirement. Apart from improving the quality of learning solutions, she also conducts customer education workshops at customer sites globally and presents webinars on learning design. Shalini holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Hyderabad.
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eLearning Design: Is It A Science Or An Art?

This question is as old as eLearning. And the answer—as most of us know—is both. The catch is in striking the right balance and ensuring courses are immersive, relevant, contextual, and make learners active participants in their own learning process.

"Las Vegas" style courses might be pleasing to the eye but may derail learning with too many bells and whistles. On the other hand, mundane courses with sound content don’t always guarantee effective knowledge transfer. The key in today’s corporate world is to offer creative, scalable eLearning courses with speed and quality.

Sounds confusing? It doesn’t have to be with these eLearning design and development best practices!

The science includes designing courses rooted in learning theories and adult learning principles, aligning training with business goals, setting performance-based learning objectives, and identifying need-to-know content, among others. The art is all about designing immersive courses with relevant visuals, appropriate interactivities, the right mix of audio, and more. The process gets complex when classroom material is to be converted online, if translations are needed, or other steps are added to complicate matters.

Here are a few best practices you will explore:

  • Aligning content and assessments with learning objectives
  • Selecting the right level of interactivity
  • Deciding usage of audio (duration, tone)
  • Framing formative and summative assessments
  • Planning for translations along with the master course
Set performance-based learning objectives as the focus need to be learners’ performance.
  • Hardware: Windows (1.4 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or faster/equivalent) or Mac (1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo or faster) and 512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended)
  • Operating system: Windows 10, 8.1 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit) or Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, and 10.12
  • Web browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 or later, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Google Chrome
  • Internet connection: Broadband (1 Mbps+) recommended
  • Software: Web browser plugin (will be prompted to install)