Top 7 Tips to Declutter your eLearning Course

When creating an effective eLearning course it can be easy to get carried away with the way it looks, choosing style over substance. Sometimes you have to stop and think, do I really need that dancing unicorn?

To help you answer that all important question, we have put together a handy guide to help you get the best out of your eLearning.

1. Use Interactions to Chunk Content

If your course contains a lot of text, it’s worth dividing this content into easily digestible chunks. Adding your content into interactions like tabs, carousels or pop-ups can divide this text, whilst allowing the user to actually interact with the content and increase their engagement.

2. Use Animation Sparingly but Effectively 

It’s tempting to add lots of animation to simple pages to spice them up (remember the unicorn idea), but sliding in every line of text and bouncing in images isn’t going to help the learner understand the content any better. For example, if a page contains an important point for the user to note, having this emphasised using animation can be very effective, but emphasising EVERY point means the learner won’t be able to distinguish what’s important and what’s not.

3. Additional Information in PDFs 

A lot of courses will contain information that can be useful for future reference, though not necessarily needed within the course. Content like helpful web links can be included in PDFs for the user to download and keep, which saves page space in the course and focuses the user on the information they actually need.

4. Think About the Images You Use

When adding images, think about how they relate to the course content.

If a page has a lot of text, do you really need to add in an image to visualise this content? Adding in images for the sake of it isn’t always the most effective use of page space or of the user’s attention. You want everything you add to a course to bring value for the learner, not distract them or repeat information.

5. Keep White Space 

Using a lot of white space in the design of pages can be very effective at decluttering the page. You don’t have to fill every inch of the page, remember those early websites from the 90’s? Every inch of the page was covered with animations, text, background images and sometimes even music. Having some white space can allow the user to focus on the content that is in the page and not what’s surrounding it.

6. Keep your Colour Scheme Simple 

Colour is a great way to help you create a strong connection with your learners. Colour can dictate what your trying to say with your course, do you want a more corporate feel, more whimsical, serious and so on. We did a more in depth and handy blog post about this which you can access here

7. Think About your Written Content

Your page has to be easy to read and be easy to navigate.

The last thing you want is the learner to be overwhelmed with a wall of text, bolded words, caption boxes, quotes and everything else in-between.  Of course these can be very effective tools when used appropriately and can really add value to a page, but you have to be careful to not overload the learner.

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