As eLearning professionals, we know that beautiful design is paramount to pleasing our learners. To achieve this, clear communication with your graphic designer is key. Learners do not benefit from courses with too many large blocks of unappealing text, that aren’t functional or do not work on their desired device.
Our aim here at Omniplex is to help you create beautiful eLearning, which is impactful and helps you achieve your learning objectives. So, with that in mind, we have three helpful tips for communicating with your designer to achieve just that:
- Open communication from the start Communication and goal setting will do more for your eLearning development than anything else. Open communication with your graphic designer from the outset will make a huge impact to the end result of your eLearning. This should include a list of things you want to avoid – such as over animation or busy backgrounds. Opening this communication dialogue with your graphic designer upfront will set you on the right path to create a beautiful and functional course that delivers your learning objectives.
- Train your designer Your graphic designer is the design expert, and you’re the training expert, so a great place to start is to train your designer. Yes, I’m serious. Designers are experts at creating functional design, but they are not necessarily the experts in the course subject matter. The better they understand the training material and the desired outcome, the easier it will be to provide you with a functional eLearning course that meets the needs of your learners.
- List functional requirements
Ensuring your graphic designer has a full list of all the functional requirements of an eLearning course is a sure-fire way to prevent re-works at a later date.
For example, we’ve heard of many situations where learners want to take their course on a mobile device, yet the course hasn’t been designed with mobile compatibility in mind. This will be the source of frustration for your learners. But, this could have easily been prevented by providing a full list of functional requirements to your graphic designer up front.
So, there you have it. Three handy tips for communicating with your graphic designer for eLearning success. As long as you communicate early, clearly and often with your graphic designers – you should limit re-works and be well on your way to creating beautiful eLearning.
Do you need help with your eLearning content development?
Cursim, Omniplex’s learning design and development division, are here to help. With an expert team of instructional designers, content developers and graphic designers, we have all the skills needed to create beautiful eLearning. To learn more, click here.