e-Learning What Not to Do… BuzzFeed Style!

Here at Your Everything for e-Learning Place, we pride ourselves on offering you all the resources you need to create the best e-Learning. We provide video demos, webinars, suggestions on instructional design books to read, graphic design tips and more. 

But maybe you don’t have time to sit there and read through that many resources. That’s okay—I made a quick reference guide for you—a little bit of performance support, if you will. I logged into Lectora® Online (my favorite cloud-based authoring tool that lets me develop on my beloved Macbook) and whipped up some examples of what NOT to do!

1. Too Much Text

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How boring is this e-Learning slide? This is a classic example of a slide that could benefit from some content chunking.

2. Cheesy Stock Photos

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Uh oh—I think someone forgot to read our “Be a Stock Photography Model!” post. Camera shy but need stock photo resources? Check out this article: Friday Finds: 5 Free Resources to Spice Up Your e-Learning.

3. Forgetting to Proofread

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Now I know that by the end of an e-Learning project, everything is blurring together and you’re so sick of rereading that content. I’m begging you to persevere and proofread that course anyway! This blog can help you make sure you’re catching any and all errors: 6 Quick Tips for Proofreading Your e-Learning Course.

4. Mixing Too Many Fonts

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I actually lost track of how many fonts I used in this slide. That’s bad… that’s very bad.

For some tips on making the most of your typography options, take a look at this blog: The Essentials of Typography for e-Learning. You might also like: 3 Ways to Use Custom Fonts in Lectora. Just don’t get too carried away!

5. Visual Clutter

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How many photos of a cat does this slide really need? Unless you are training future cat ladies, you probably don’t need this many. 

Need help narrowing down all your photo choices? Here’s a good blog on how to choose the right image for your e-Learning: How to Choose the Best Images for Your e-Learning

Feel free to print out this blog and tape it to your office wall, so you always remember these “what not to do” guidelines. Or maybe you just want the slide with the cat pictures. It’s okay—I won’t judge you! For more helpful e-Learning tips, subscribe to the Lectora e-Learning Blog!