Starting a brand new project that is e-learning could be confusing, exhilarating, and exhausting at the same moment. Development tools such as Captivate and Storyline are incredible but these tools are intended for the construction of e-learning classes. How do we test the consumer experience, the visuals, the design, and the navigational logic before we devote a lot of time building the course?
A good deal of professionals turn to Microsoft PowerPoint for their needs. It makes sense because it is a tool which we are familiar with, it’s slide based, and it is readily accessible. But does this make it the best choice for prototyping an e-learning course?
While wrestling with a few design concepts for a new Storyline class, it hit me. E-learning is not only about the content, it’s also about the consumer experience. You have neglected if your students can’t readily get to the content that they need and probably they will. So why don’t you use a tool made for testing and designing user experiences? Enter Adobe XD.
In 2016, Adobe released Adobe Experience Design CC. A brand new product aimed for the only purpose of prototyping the consumer experience at internet and cellular designers. Adobe XD, since it’s come to be understood, makes creating mockups, wireframes, and functioning prototypes quicker and simpler than working in development tools.
Wireframing a project allows you to visualize navigation and basic layouts. Without spending a lot of time, if something does not feel right, it is altered. So that you don’t get distracted by the minutiae of images creation adobe XD has drawing tools. This allows you to concentrate on creating course navigation and your slide designs.
Artboards are a lot like slips in Captivate or Storyline. Pick from artboards sized for frequent screen dimensions and devices or create custom sizes to meet your requirements. Adobe XD makes it easy that you can easily map out the content of your course, to add, eliminate, and reorganize outboards.
Re-purpose Your Content
Not only can you create wireframe images you can create a library of elements to be used in other endeavors across the project or even. This saves you a lot of time recreating more commonly used things such as checkbox form fields, buttons, and other interface elements. But the best part is that you can upgrade a library element and it automatically updates throughout your project. Talk about a time saver.
Want to save time? Contain text remedies, buttons, menus, and a plethora of interface elements into your e-learning classes without drawing on the shape. The best part is that these picture libraries are free to download and use.
Total Color Mockups
It’s possible to quickly replace your elements when you are ready to move on to a color mockup. Use a menu-control approach or just drop and drag content from the desktop directly. You can drag and drop things at once to actually speed the procedure up.
Prototyping Course Navigation
Adobe XD makes it easy to add interactions between dartboards using a drag and drop system. Select an outboard or an object on that cardboard drag the conversation tab into the cardboard that you want the learner to view. It is actually rather an ingenious procedure and it makes producing a functioning prototype fast.
It is also a rather different approach than slide applications, while the process is ingenious. Instead of multi-state objects and layers, you must create extra outboards. Then, you must add a transition between these outboards to create the illusion of animation or condition changes.
This is the only caveat with using Adobe XD for class prototyping, I have found. It is one which is easily overcome with a little practice. Remember that you’re currently creating a prototype, not the product. It does not need to be an exact representation of this course, just a close proximity.
Sharing your XD Prototype
Together with your Adobe accounts, you can share your XD prototypes via a hyperlink and receive feedback with built-in tools that are commenting. These hyperlinks can be even privatized by you to control who will participate in the review.
Take your prototype with you or tablet computer utilizing the Adobe XD app. Demonstrate your design while meeting with other stakeholder or your client, no matter where you’re. If your design is not created for portable, then log in to your Adobe accounts from any computer you go.
Can’t be there in person to demonstrate your design? No issue. Use Adobe XD to record a movie presentation of your prototype which you can share with stakeholders or your customers. Walk them that they get the picture, and clarify your design options. Once an impromptu meeting was just not feasible I have used this feature many times throughout my creation procedure to present questions to my team about a design choice.
From XD Prototype into E-Learning Course
Once you have completed your prototype and have gotten approval, how do you transfer your prototype into an e-learning development tool such as Captivate or Storyline? Adobe XD makes this very simple. Mark and select prototype assets such as export as .jpg or .png. Export design specs including colors, typefaces, and dimensions to be used while constructing your course.
So next time you’re faced with building a brand-new e-learning course, give a try to Adobe XD. I think that you will appreciate the prototyping features that it has to offer. Don’t hesitate to contact me, if you’d like to find out more about Adobe XD and how to use it in an e-learning workflow.