There’s good instructional design – and, as any learner knows, there’s bad, too. Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been around the design block before, you know that it’s easy to get stuck in a rut or stare at a blank screen for what seems like hours. If you need to get your creative juices flowing, check out some ways to get inspired and improve your own design efforts at the same time.
Brush Up on eLearning Design Fundamentals
Good design doesn’t happen over night. By learning more about utilizing white space, reducing on-screen clutter and choosing graphics over words, you can make your projects more effective. Grab a book from the library or sign up for a design course to increase your knowledge base and skills wheelhouse to get inspired.
Increase Interaction with Quizzes and Social Media
When in doubt, increase learner interaction. Not sure how to present a concept? Interaction in the form of clickables, media and quizzes can reduce the pressure. Learners love to be involved and you do less of the legwork when they’re properly engaged.
Surf Around for eLearning Design Inspiration
Feeling totally stuck? There are tons of resources online. Take someone else’s eLearning course or check Pinterest for instructional design inspiration to get your creative juices flowing. While it’s not OK to copy, it’s fine to get inspired and even pattern a course after one of your faves.
Ask “What Would be Better? Then Design it!
As you get into the “meat” of your instructional design, constantly ask yourself how you could improve. Maybe it’s adding a graphic to a certain slide or incorporating a short video for learners to watch. By looking for ways to improve, you might be inspired to perk up your design with new elements or streamline a lesson using media instead of font. Hey, practice makes perfect, and with plenty of experience, your design can gain dimension.[cf]skyword_tracking_tag[/cf]