5 GUI Fundamentals

In development of an eLearning course, attentions are primarily focused on the content.

How will it be scripted?

What visuals will enhance the learning experience?

What mediums of multimedia can be utilized to improve user understanding?

While these concerns are vital to an eLearning platform’s success, they amount to only a fraction of the overall development challenge.  The Graphical User Interface should be weighted with equal concern, after all, the last thing publishers and audiences of technology-based educational material want or need, is a training course on how to operate the training course.

Follow these 5 GUI fundamentals and you can’t go wrong:

Step 1: Settle on a structure. Before you ever open Photoshop or conceive of a design, first lay the bones. Map out course navigation and consider placement. Ensure elements are set out in a meaningful and logical way to guarantee ease of navigation and an intuitive user experience.

Step 2: Keep it simple.  Resist the urge to over design  Strive for clean and sleek aesthetics that clearly emphasize important functions and elements.

Step 3: Clear iconography: Remember, eLearners should be able to navigate through your GUI intuitively and without instruction. Use clear and recognizable iconography to label important elements such as forward and advance features.

Step 4: Valuable feedback: When a correct action or incorrect action is taken, give the user feedback using sound or labels.

Step 5: Keep it consistent: Achieve cohesion with GUI design, navigation, and functionality. As the eLearner progresses, use should become second nature and consistency aids in achieving this end result.

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