You Call That Intuitive? UX Principles in eLearning Design

Delivered at the Association for Talent Development (ATD) TechKnowledge 2015 conference, January 16, 2015. My co-presenter was Mr. Jeff Barnes, User Experience Designer at SRA International.

The learner’s experience with an e-learning course has a big impact on the learning outcomes. The goal is to reduce the learner’s cognitive load, freeing them to focus on the content and the concepts. In the best courses, the interface and technology fade into the background. Is that happening with your courses?In a world where the pressure on learning professionals to do more with less is as great as it’s ever been, we’re all looking for ways to create high quality, easy-to-use e-learning and synchronous training as quickly as we can. However, the learner’s experience with the course does not have to suffer as a result of the rapid pace of development. Even course designs with low interactivity can result in a positive learning experience!User Experience is a proven discipline from software and web design, with established methodologies and guidelines that take the guesswork out of creating intuitive learning. Stop guessing or re-inventing the wheel with your eLearning design. This session will be an interactive presentation on the basic techniques user experience professionals use to improve information presentation, consistency, and ease of use for the learner and how these principles can be applied to e-learning design, development and assessment.

Application on the Job

  • Discover core principles of user experience to create better interfaces, improve information presentation, and enhance ease of use.
  • Apply user experience practices to the training development life cycle, with an iterative design methodology that is compatible with elearning design, ADDIE instructional design, and Agile principles, which can help reduce costs and improve user acceptance.
  • Collect feedback on user experience for your courses in order to iterate and improve your courseware, using your existing Level 1 surveys or through dedicated user testing.

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