Ready, Set, Test: Perfecting Your E-Learning Courses

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Imagine you’re setting off on a cross-country road trip.

You’ve packed your favourite snacks, curated your perfect playlist, and checked off every item on your packing list. Finally, you’re ready to go!

But just as you settle into the rhythm of the highway, your trusty car starts to sputter. The ‘Check Engine’ light flickers ominously on the dashboard. A sinking feeling sets in as you coast to the side of the road. The need for a necessary pre-trip safety check has made your journey standstill. Bummer!

Like this road trip, every e-learning project is a journey, and every slide in Storyline and every trigger is a step toward your destination.

Like the safety check could have saved your road trip from unexpected interruptions, testing your e-learning course before delivery safeguards your e-learning journey, ensuring that every part functions as it should.

Here are five quick tips to test your e-learning course:

  1. Define Clear Requirements: Before you build your course, specify the computer/device specifications (browsers, screen size, connection speed, etc.) that your course should work on.
  2. Assign Specific Testing Roles: Have the QA Tester focus on functional requirements, the instructional designer check content accuracy, and an editor scrutinise grammar and punctuation.
  3. Use a Comprehensive Checklist: Create a thorough checklist of elements to review. Don’t rely on memory, and avoid spot-checking to prevent missed issues.
  4. Leverage Testing Tools: Test on various systems, browsers, and SCORM Cloud for LMS functionality.
  5. Embrace the Learner’s Perspective: Understand that learners navigate courses differently. Make instructions clear and accessible, and ensure functionality regardless of the learner’s pace or interaction order.

I hope these tips will help to better test your next E-learning project.

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