I’ve recently been trying to learn how to surf. I’m such a computer nerd… the first place I look is YouTube. I watched nearly every video I could find. I bought my first board last Saturday and hit my first waves Monday. Not to brag, but I think I did better than I thought I would. I was able to catch a few waves and was surprised when I could stand up and actually maintain my balance. I knew my mad unicycle skills (balance) would pay off one day.
Anyways, before I hit the waves, a few of my newly met surfer dudes helped me wax my board. Now I kind-of thought wax was for the bottom of the board… wrong! So surf wax is for the top of your board to help you not slip off it. You rub a few layers of wax on and you’re good to go.
So how does all this relate to developing eLearning courses? I believe that just like surf boards need wax, eLearning courses need engaging visual design to keep the users from “slipping off” or losing interest. No matter how well designed and light weight the surf board is, if it doesn’t have wax, you’ll slip right off it. Similar is true with designing great content for a course… it should also have great visual design.
After you have spent all that time developing your content, I’d recommend spending some good time to make it more visually stimulating. Here are a few sugestions:
- Seek some creative inspiration from other websites, magazines, videos, etc.
- Hire a graphic designer to make you a “look and feel” for your course.
- Purchase pre-designed templates.
- Just take the TIME to play around and see what creative juices you have… you may be surprised with what you come up with.
If anyone has any good surfing pointers, love to hear from you.