e-Learning is now widespread across all sectors, with the majority of modules being delivered to learners in a self-study format, either developed internally or resourced from external providers.
Self-study learners lack the motivating support of a real-time online tutor and developers of online modules face two key challenges if they are to create effective and memorable experiences and sustain their learners’ interest and commitment.
First, the learning design needs to follow sound pedagogical principles, although a balanced approach is recommended. Overly developed quality frameworks or standards which contain prescriptive requirements could be too restrictive and expensive to implement, stifling use and adherence. However, there is real value in assisting designers through a set of Design Guidelines, a quality assurance framework focused on ensuring engaging learner experiences and effective learning outcomes. For example, ensuring that content is brought to life using realistic scenarios with questions to make the learner think, and offering well written and supportive feedback.
For most learners, self-studying via e-Learning is not intrinsically appealing, so attention needs to be captured right from the start. Frequently underestimated by designers, visual design is of huge importance. It needs to be eye-catching, following sound graphic design principles so that the style and placement of images along with onscreen text is balanced. Navigation, menus and branding all need careful consideration.
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Skills-based TAP courses for both e-Learning Design and Visual Impact are assisting developers across the private and public sectors. Also, the TAP e-QUAL programme enables L&D managers to implement a robust Quality Assurance methodology based on the TAP Design Guidelines for e-Learning. The programme is currently enabling all NHS Trusts across Wales to ensure quality and consistency of learner experiences as the e-QUAL Case Study shows.
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