Professional dilemmas

first_imgDo you have an e-learning problem? Then ask our experts to find a solution.E-mail it to the address at the bottom of the page Are there any rules as to how much learning content can be viewed/ featuredon screen at any one time if it is still to remain effective to the learner? Though there are no real set rules as such, it is possible to determine somepractical guidelines to govern the way learning content is displayed on screen.However, before any guidelines governing the way content is displayed can bedetermined, three issues must be carefully considered. First, what is thetarget audience’s age group, intelligence and ability? Second, what is thenature of the learning content itself? Finally, what is its actual purpose –what does the developer want the user to gain from using it? The way in which learning content can be displayed on screen can vary in anumber of ways. For example, the text format (the choice of font and font size,use of bold and italics, paragraphs, bullet points, etc); the use, frequency,style and scale of diagrams, illustrations and animations; the balance betweenclear and concise text that needs to stand out and more wordy, explanatorytext; and the overall appearance of the content on screen (interface design,proximity of text and graphics, use of empty space, and so on) can changedepending on the aim of the learning. Look at the design approach taken in thelight of these and judge whether you think the information is sufficiently accessible.If it is a technical subject, are there enough graphics to engage the learner?Nothing turns a learner off more than acres of on-screen text. These guidelines can then be matched to the physical and technicalconstraints of the target user’s computer to determine the actual quantity oflearning content to be viewed on screen at any one time – factors such asscreen size, resolution, colour depth and the delivery mechanism itself (wholescreen, in window, in browser, etc). Careful consideration of all these factorswill help determine the design and layout to ensure the user benefits withoutgetting overloaded with information. Response supplied by Jason Baker, general manager of Aircom Education andTraining, [email protected] Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Professional dilemmasOn 1 May 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more