The hard part is putting your content online. Once your content is online, different challenges await you. Expect to revise your content at least once per year (ideally, right after you deliver it to your students). Expect to update for two things: new information and improved user experience. New information is expected in education, but once the content is published you discover a relatively new consideration for teachers – how can the content become easier to navigate and internalize?
Remembering UX is not about you, the updates to work flow are from the point of view of the learner, maybe the supporters at home. Most user experience is about helping the end user know what to do next. Here are some examples of how you could increase the end users seemingly intuitive journey through your online content:
Online Content: Narrow Choices
The key to the user feeling at easy to the knowledge of the choices available and how to select from those choices. Consider how your sequencing of content, the content layout, and the graphics (buttons, links) can help accomplish that. The fewer choices available at each point of the choice, the more sure your audience is of what to do. How can you narrow their choices? Two is ideal, three is okay, more than that and your offering creates uncertainty at all the choices.
Online Content: Predictable Patterns
Uncertainty is the enemy of learning. Create patterns in number of items, order of items, type of items your students and their families expect to find within your online content. Learners perform barely conscious prediction and checks with every click inside your content. They are comforted when the next piece of content revealed meets their expectation. And they are confounded when the content revealed does not meet their expectation; that takes the learner out of a ready to learn state.
Online Content: Consistency
Within your predictable patterns consistency is required. Length of text (sentence, paragraph, and page) is important to sustain the pace of reading, scanning, and skimming available to your learner. Consistent lengths also help learners estimate pacing to complete readings. Assessments and projects should also be similar in time required on task.
It is hard to publish your content online; that content is only starting the journey of revision at that point. Expect ongoing revisions as your work toward better delivery to your learners.
2018-01-15 at 1:42 pm
Thanks for these helpful tips!
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2018-01-15 at 3:53 pm
These are great ideas, I haven’t thought about the fact that I need to keep my content the same consistent length. I really need to work on that.
2018-01-15 at 10:25 pm
Helpful tips. I definitely need to work on length consistency!
2018-01-15 at 11:48 pm
Very helpful tips! I try to stay consistent with post length, but my posts are really long! I need to trim them down so I can post more often.
2018-01-16 at 10:46 pm
I agree about the patterns and the consistency. I can see how that would provide structure and make a learner feel at ease!
2018-01-17 at 5:51 am
These are some really great tips especially those about consistency when posting! Thanks for sharing x
Kayleigh Zara http://www.kayleighzaraa.com
2018-01-17 at 6:04 am
Some great tips which can be used across subjects and not just in education. Thank you I do love reading your posts, they make me feel I’m learning to be better with technology!!! Thank you xx
2018-01-17 at 7:06 am
Super helpful tips! Remaining consistent across all elements is hard to maintain for me but is so important!
2018-01-17 at 8:32 pm
Great advice! Thanks for sharing!
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2018-01-18 at 9:48 am
These are really helpful! Things I’ve never really thought about, I do try to keep my posts consistent.
Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk
2018-01-18 at 1:45 pm
I couldn’t agree with you more. Once any type of content is published, the hard work begins. These are all great tips. Thank you for sharing!
2018-01-18 at 2:51 pm
There are some wonderful tips here thank you for sharing!