If you’ve been following Remote Learner for a while now, you probably know how committed we are to helping our clients make an impact and that we believe good design is central to making that happen. In fact, Remote Learner President and Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Page Chen wrote a blog on the topic for our client, the Online Learning Consortium.
It’s always easier to see the value of good design when you have practical ways to implement it and, in turn, see its impacts. In this week’s blog, we would like to offer you just that. Here are five simple guidelines for improving the design of your learning that you can start implementing right away.
1. Focus on the focal point
The ultimate goal of design is to draw attention to the most important elements of the course. To achieve this, determine which elements should be prominent on each page before you start building so that you can effectively guide the learner to and through the content.
2. Consistency over chaos
The consistency of design creates trust between the design and the learner. Limit graphic design elements and stick with a specific color palette and style to minimize learner confusion. Consider using patterns to establish signals for the learner that help to set expectations.
3. Avoid long blocks of text
Focus on making content digestible to keep learners in the learning experience. Break up large blocks of text, include images that support the content, and use captions to encourage learners to stay engaged.
4. Don’t be afraid of empty space
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with white space on the screen. In fact, it’s critical to include it. When laying out content on a page, be mindful of how the learners eyes will flow. Design with intent – the reader’s eye will flow where the design leads it.
5. Readability always wins over aesthetic appeal
Visually striking fonts may bring creativity into your course design, but are learners actually going to be able to read it? Even something as simple as font choice should convey the overall tone and objectives of the course.
There is much more to quality design but these five tips will go a long way in getting started. If you are interested in learning more about how Remote Learner can help you increase your impact through quality design, contact us today.