Creating eLearning Design Standards & Guidelines
I work within Higher Education where we have a number of differing groups across the organisation building eLearning for a variety of purposes and targeting different audiences (staff/students etc). We don't currently have any standards or guidelines in place to keep some sense of control on the quality of the content we are creating, which is almost exclusively made using Articulate Storyline 2.
This is great for creativity but not so good for anything else so we have wildly different varieties of quality and types of courses. I was hoping to develop some guidelines that would go some way to bringing the quality of our eLearning output up to a certain level. I could of course just chuck out a template but I'd like to do more to help designers than just the technical aspects we support currently.
To this end, I've put together 8 key areas that I wanted to begin to influence:
1. Communication of standards – how we effectively share the standards with all eLearning creators
2. Review process – how we ensure the standards are followed by all and quality assurance (QA) checks are completed
3. Naming conventions – how we use a standard language to define terms
4. Writing style – how we talk to our learners in the correct a tense and the formality of how we communicate
5. Accessibility – how we ensure our content is accessible to as wide an audience as is appropriate
6. Formatting & player– how we achieve consistency in the formatting, layout, text, sizing and headers - as well as the player itself
7. Colours & imagery – How we use colours and images convey a professional and unified identity, in line with the marketing branding guidelines
8. Content & interactivity – How we encourage the creation of engaging content that is interactive and appealing for the learners
I'd love to get feedback from anyone that has been through this process before (or not and has an opinion!) and any suggestions on how to positively affect the categories listed. It would be interesting to know how you control the output from your organisations and any useful resources would also be appreciated.
Thanks in advance! :)