Do you need to boost the interactivity and engagement on your courses but don’t know where to start? One of the most common problems we encounter with failing elearning courses is a lack of effective User Experience (UX).
Often course designers don’t think about the end users and how they interact with the LMS. The simple truth is that a few small UX changes could work wonders.
1. Rethink your colour scheme
Take a closer look at your elearning course color palette and consider the emotions it evokes. Colour has a significant impact on our mood and state of mind. For example, the color red can trigger a sense of urgency, while blue relaxes and calms. Ideally, your color scheme should align with your brand image and the subject matter. A module that involves complex topics might benefit from soothing hues to reduce online learner stress. On the other hand, bolder colours are ideally suited for elearning activities that mimic real world stress and pressure.
2. Include links
Adding links to external articles, elearning videos, and other online resources is a great way to make your elearning course more interactive, informative and improve the overall user experience. You save yourself the time and expense of creating these online resources on your own. But online learners still get the benefits they bring. You can even create a list of online resources that aredivided into categories. This allows online learners to find the information they need in a fraction of the time.
3. Change your navigation
One of the most overlooked aspects of creating an elearning course is the navigational flow. Are your icons clearly visible? Are all of the links still active? Do you use familiar buttons and graphics that online learners can easily recognise? Online learners should be able to quickly get to the next page or module without having to deal with outdated hyperlinks. So, carefully evaluate your elearning course navigation to prevent online learner frustration and improve the overall design.
4. Create bite-sized modules
Cognitive overload is a major concern for eLearning professionals. Too much information at once can reduce knowledge retention and force online learners to disengage. Fortunately, there is a simple way to prevent this catastrophe. Turn your lengthy eLearning course into a series of bite-sized modules. Then online learners can access each module, absorb the information, and assimilate the data before moving forward. You can even incorporate a brief break between each activity to encourage online learner reflection.
These four UX improvements won’t take up a huge amount of budget and can be implemented relatively easily. With this in mind, if you feel that you are lacking learner engagement it might be worth implementing these changes. For more help and advice on User Experience in elearning contact Synergy learning on on +44 (0) 28 9042 2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.