Have you ever found yourself struggling to design and develop an interface and structure for your eLearning course that is engaging, effective, and doesn’t look like all of the other courses in your library?
Years ago instructional designers were typically part of a team and they had graphic designers, programmers, and others they could rely on to help create unique, customized designs for their courses.
Today, it is much more likely that you, the instructional designer, are expected to do it all on your own.
Not only is this overwhelming, but it can also be extremely challenging and time-consuming to continue producing courses that not only WOW your target audiences but also satisfy your clients and/or management team.
You may have used (or you might consider using) a pre-built eLearning template in these circumstances to save time, money, and headaches.
There is a time and a place for pre-built templates and a time and a place to create your own.
In Part 1 of this blog post we’ll explore when these types of templates are advantageous.
There are some outstanding eLearning templates available. If you haven’t already done so, spend some time checking out a few of the vendors that specialize in this area. For example, we really love what the eLearning Brothers (www.elearningbrothers.com) have to offer and highly recommend you take a look at not only their templates, but the other valuable resources they offer as well.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series later this week where we will take a look at when not to use an eLearning template!
We’d love to know what you think about using pre-built eLearning templates…feel free to add your comments, other reasons for using templates, and your experiences working with templates below.