Sometimes good enough isnt good enough especially in the case of online training. Thats why its helpful to go through the steps to make a good course even better. Not only will you have online training that is up to date and more relevant to your learners. Youll also be able to flex your course development muscles so that the next course thats built from scratch is even better from the start.
In a previous blog entry, we examined how our Patient Management course engages learners with advanced visuals and audio. Getting into the specifics of what we changed and why requires getting one’s hands dirty, so to speak. During a course upgrade you will require resources, both assets and people, in order to be successful.
Lets look at each area in more depth and show what exactly we added; where the assets came from and; why we made the changes we did.
Consistent, Engaging Graphic Design
We started with the original version of the Patient Management course by presenting the patient data in the form of file folders. This made sense at the time from a presentation standpoint as most of the content in the scenario was text and image-based. This reflected how a doctor/nurse would be looking at the patients data. What the course needed next was a consistent look and feel, presenting the information logically while still engaging you as if you were in a hospital, examining the patient and making decisions like you were there.
Course Menu Throughout The Navigation
Where previously there was no constant menu, weve added an easy to read and always accessible menu, featuring dark neutral colors for the background and white text, with icons for each patients face, clearly identifying each one.
Highlight Patient With The Same Layout
By utilizing a design of menu on the left and information on each patient on the right, you always knows where you are in the course, which patient you are viewing, and what info is presented, at each step through the case reviewal process.
Consistent, Informative Color Schemes
Using white, blue and red colors throughout the examination for text, titles, highlighted information, buttons, and the background that enhances the look of the course, while logically adding positive notifications in green and negative feedback in red.
Our graphic design team altered the visual elements in the course, adding relevant images that provided an enhanced experience for the learner. Whether you are designing courses yourself or utilizing external help, you or your designer can benefit by using one or all of the following:
Stock Photography Website
Using a library of millions of royalty-free photos, vectors, and illustrations on a website like Shutterstock gives you an image for most anything you need in your course.
Graphic Authoring Program
For creating your own custom images and drawings, a graphic authoring program like Adobe Illustrator gives you the best option to create stunning graphics if you have the right visual flair.
Graphic Editing Program
For manipulating graphics, combining images together, adding text, and much more, Adobe Photoshop or other capable graphics editing software allows you to customize any type of graphic and make it your own.
Video + Animation
To give the course more movement and appeal, we added animation elements where they logically fit. Normally, if you were adding video yourself, you could either film something yourself or use footage (video or animated) from a website. For greater custom control, if you are proficient with a multimedia authoring tool, you can create the animated sequences yourself to really enhance your course.
In the case of our Patient Management course, we took the introduction of the original course which just had text, and upgraded it to an image (with a hotspot to enter the hospital).
Additionally, we added an animation and customized image that matched the new theme.
Before and After
BEFORE – File folder design with text-only introduction / Image of hospital entrance followed by introductory information
AFTER – Introduction of hospital locale, introductory information, and sliding door scene.
In a follow-up blog post, well go into further specifics of adding audio narration, sound effects, and a music track along with how long these advanced multimedia elements take to create, giving your course the enhancements it really needs to shine. In the meantime, view our other amazing course samples to see what we’ve done with other online training courses.