User experience design is at the heart of my work as an instructional designer. The world of LXD and UXD are closely tied together and must work hand in hand to create effective learning experiences. When done right, eLearning courses designed through the lens of UXD are more effective and enjoyable learning experiences. By focusing on the user experience, eLearning courses can be designed to meet the needs of adult learners and help them achieve their learning objectives and goals.
User Experience Design
Understanding how a learner feels about interacting with the course content and product.
What I do
Improved engagement: By focusing on the user experience, my eLearning courses are designed to be more engaging and interactive for adult learners. This keeps learners motivated and interested in the content.
User-centered approach: I take a user-centered approach to my course design work. This allows me to use the tools of UX design to focus on creating experiences that are intuitive and easy to use, all the while, integrating ID tools that focus on creating learning experiences that are effective and engaging for learners.
Increased retention: my courses are designed with a user-centered approach, knowing that learners are more likely to retain the information presented when designed with the needs of the learner central to the learning process. I use UX design principles to create clear navigation, intuitive interfaces, and effective feedback, resulting in learners being more likely to remember and apply what they have learned.
The big picture
Increased retention: I intentionally design courses with a user-centered approach. Learners are more likely to retain the information presented to them when the instructional design focuses on their wants, needs, prior knowledge, and backgrounds. By using UX design principles to create clear navigation, intuitive interfaces, and effective feedback, I ensure that learners are more likely to remember and apply what they have learned.
Better usability: My approach to UX design focuses on creating courses that are easy to use and navigate, which can help adult learners quickly find the information they need. This can be especially important for learners who are balancing work and other responsibilities with their coursework.
The necessary elements
Reduced frustration: There is nothing more frustrating than a poorly designed user interface. When courses are designed with the user in mind, learners are less likely to become frustrated by confusing interfaces or unclear instructions. This can help reduce frustration and increase satisfaction with the learning experience.
Improved accessibility: Accessibility is critical to the success of ALL learners, not just their ability but others who are able in other ways of thinking and doing. UX design focuses on creating courses accessible to learners of all abilities. This can help ensure that adult learners with disabilities can participate in the course and benefit from the learning experience.