Using Glassmorphism in E-Learning Course Design #310

Glassmorphism Design in E-Learning #310: Challenge | Recap

It's a new year, and that means new design trends. In a recent challenge, we looked using the 2021 Pantone Color of the Year  in e-learning design. If you haven't checked out the examples, stop what you're doing and check them out.

The color of the year is a big deal because it will influence design, fashion, home interior, and consumer product trends in the upcoming year.

2021 E-Learning Design Trends

This week, we're looking at how course creators can use the frosted glass effect, known as glassmorphism, in their e-learning designs.

Glassmorphism is a design concept that’s been around for a while. Variations of the effect have been used in iOS 7 and Mac OS Big Sur.

The effect is created by layering gradient or blurred backgrounds and semi-transparent shapes and panels. Here's an example:

Courses Dashboard by Rudi Hartono

 Courses Dashboard by Rudi Hartono

Applying Glassmorphism Effects to E-Learning Templates

If you’re looking for a place to start, try working with an existing course or template you’ve already built.

This way, your content is already in place, and you’re free to focus on the design elements. Here’s a quick before and after for the Serenity template.

Applying Glassmorphism to Content Library Templates

To create the blurred background effect, I started in PowerPoint and went to Format Picture > Artistic Effects > Blur.

Depending on the image you use, you might need to apply another round of blur to the image. To apply a second blur effect, save your image as a picture. Saving the image flattens the blur effect. Insert the blurred image back into PowerPoint and repeat the process.

I think the effect turned out pretty well, but I would still like to play with different layouts and panels before considering this a final design concept.

Glassmorphism in E-Learning

Challenge of the Week

This week, your challenge is to share an example demonstrating how glassmorphism can be used in e-learning. Your example can be interactive or a screenshot. We want to see how this design trend can be used in course design.


Here are some good examples of glassmorphism to give you an idea how the design effect is being used in UI design.

Share Your E-Learning Work

  • Comments: Use the comments section below to share a link to your published example and blog post.
  • Forums: Start  your own thread and share a link to your published example..
  • Personal blog:  If you have a blog, please consider writing about your challenges. We’ll link back to your posts so the great work you’re sharing gets even more exposure.
  • Social Media: If you share your demos on Twitter or LinkedIn, try using #ELHChallenge so your tweeps can track your e-learning coolness.

Last Week’s Challenge:

Before you dive into this week’s challenge, check out the interactive aircraft safety cards your fellow community members shared over the past week:

Interactive Passenger Safety Cards

Interactive Passenger Safety Cards #309: Challenge| Recap

New to the E-Learning Challenges?

The weekly e-learning challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.