Chameleon Creator was built to be an alternative to the plain, vanilla eLearning authoring tools currently available to creators on the market today.
We believe beautiful, engaging and rapid eLearning content can be accessible to all without the use of a developer. To help in the initial stages of building your modules, we have put together an essential checklist for designing eLearning content.
1. Identify the learning problems and barriers.
Identifying what learning outcomes you are hoping to achieve before you start creating your module is vital. Without a clear idea of what you want to accomplish you are effectively spending time and resources developing content that isn’t relevant to the learner and won’t have a meaningful impact. One of the essential objectives we aim for as learning designers is to have our learning stick. This can't be done if we don't first consider what we want to embed and why.
2. Involve the learner throughout the process.
By including the learners in the curation of the learning content, we give them not only a familiarity with the work we're developing for them but also a level of control over what they are being asked to participate in. Whether it's getting their insight into the learning outcomes, the pace at which they work or the methodologies we're implementing, we are far more likely to have higher levels of engagement at the end if we include them in the creative journey.
3. Keep the learning short, sharp and critical!
Before you jump in and start creating beautiful, eLearning content, contemplate how long you want this course to be. As a general rule we would recommend that your modules are no longer than 20-minutes so you can keep your audience engaged. Not many people love long eLearning modules so get to the heart of the matter!
4. Keep it simple!
With so many visual and interactive options at our fingertips it’s now easier than ever to flex our creative muscles and produce truly engaging content. Keep in mind however that you’ll want your module to have a cohesive feel to it. Try not to add any unnecessary interactions, text or media that don’t contribute to the overall flow of the module. A clear and concise module will have a far greater impact on the learner than a bloated piece of content with no clear direction. If you do want to add more information, consider adding hyperlinks to the module to expand on information briefly mentioned in the module. This will allow the learner to have the option to consult these resources if they need a better understanding, without forcing them to work through a lengthy and text-heavy module. The last thing you want to do is distract your learner from the journey you are trying to take them on.
5. Keep it visual and engaging.
Chameleon allows you full customisation of your module theme and style so you can keep it in line with your brand aesthetic. This can be done at both a global level (for your entire course) or at an individual interaction level where you can override the global theme. When building your module, be sure to take time to think through your visual assets. If a piece of eLearning content is going to be engaging for the user you’ll want to vary the type of media you are using. A text heavy piece of content can be a hard thing for a user to consume so mix it up with video, eye-catching graphics and games. Keep in mind however, that using visual design to cover up bad learning design will not work. There needs to be harmony and balance between the learning design and visual design, and be sure to check with your client whether accessibility is something they're after. Depending on the level of accessibility, it will affect the look and feel and the interactions you can use in the module. Check out our knowledge base to learn how to add creative assets and customise your work.
6. Evaluation is key.
Consider how you can evaluate how effective your course has been and whether or not you will meet your learning outcomes. As an eLearning authoring tool we know how important it is for your courses to hit the mark with the end user, so with this in mind we developed Chameleon Collect. Using Chameleon Collect, you can now allow your end users to provide feedback, and we will collate the feedback on a nice form online for you. No LMS is required! To find out more why not head over to our knowledge base for a step-by-step walkthrough of Chameleon Collect.
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