Authoring in Elucidat

6 Tips for Authoring in Elucidat

In eLearning Basics by Eoin O'Neill

Authoring in Elucidat allows us to create great-looking training courses, tailored according to the learning needs of our clients. However, with great power comes great responsibility.

Elucidat has many benefits. By being HTML based, it allows for scrolling pages which look very different to the presentation slides learners have been used to. This allows us to re-think how content is presented.

Here are 6 tips to help you get the most out of Elucidat:

1. Planning.

Elucidat makes it relatively easy to create page content. The number of interactions available is good and the ability to edit colours and type, opens a world of possibility.

While it is easy to put a page together, the sheer number of options can also be a curse. You could get into a cycle of trying different interactions and design options until your head spins.

Always plan out your courses comprehensively in the storyboard phase. Make sure that you know what content is going on which page, and how you expect the course to work – then assign the appropriate interactions before you even open Elucidat.

Some things you also have to think about in advance are:

  • Do I want the learner to use every interaction before they can move to the next page?
  • Will there be a pass score, or will the course be completed after a certain number of pages?
  • How long should the course take to complete?

By spending a bit more time in the planning stage, you will avoid a lot of potential problems when you start the development phase.

2. Styles.

Part of your planning should also involve an element of design style. Many organisations have guidelines that need to be followed, and others will leave it up to you.

Whichever the case, Elucidat has a great style feature to help you with this. You can set up a specific style once, and then re-use it for other projects. You can change things like colours, typefaces, and even how round you want your button corners to be.

Have you ever woken up to an e-mail saying something like: “Hi, our new CI was rolled out last night, and all our Green needs to be changed to Dark Green across all our courses”? This is a non-issue if you use a style from the beginning.

It is worth noting here that if you change something that was set in a style, like a font size or colour, while authoring in Elucidat it will overwrite the style. So, try keep style changes to the styles you have created to avoid having to go back and change one page at a time.

3. Do not overdo it.

With all the options Elucidat gives you it is easy to overdo it.

“A carousel here, a hotspot there… maybe a cool drag and drop there, and no page is complete without a flip card…”

If that sounds like you, take a step back.

Ask yourself this simple question: “If I take it away, does it detract from what I am trying to achieve?”

You will find that the answer will often be that it does not. So, keep the experience simple and streamlined for your user. On that note, once you establish a convention stick with it. Do not change up your navigation on each page or change the colour of your buttons. You want to keep the learners engaged, not annoy them by trying to figure out how each page works.

4. Responsive Design.

Elucidat is responsive and does a great job for the most part. However, you still need to manually adjust each page for different screen sizes. While Elucidat allows you to change things like images and border sizes per screen size, it does not allow you to change everything.

Look out for interactions that may not work so well on a mobile phone as they do on-screen (I am looking at you tabbed interaction).

5. Accessibility.

You can create accessible courses easily, and as default their accessibility features are turned on. Now this does not mean there is nothing to worry about. You still need to do a few things.

  1. If you are including video or audio, remember to include the transcripts and closed captions where applicable.
  2. Remember to include alt text for all your images. Be descriptive with these.
  3. Be careful with the use of colour. Not only do you need to make sure that there is enough contrast between colours so that there is legibility for learners who may have a visual impairment, but also designing learning experiences which rely on identifying colour.

6. Getting feedback

When you are done with your project, it is time to share with your client. Elucidat makes this easy by allowing you to add the client as a reviewer. They can comment on the course from within the tool, and on the section, they are looking at. If they do not like a piece of text, they just make a comment on that text block.

This saves you the time of trying to figure out what they are referring to. Once you have made the change, mark it as resolved and job done. This is an efficient way of going through the review process.

Hopefully these tips have been helpful to you. There is a lot more that Elucidat can do, and some things it cannot. If you want to know if Elucidat is the correct tool for you, please click here. You will find the opinions from my teammates and their likes and dislikes of this specific software.

If you need more specific guidance about Elucidat and the benefits it can bring to your company, feel free to contact us for a free phone consultation about what would work best for your business needs.