User Experience in Education based Multimedia

Technology plays a prominent role in the delivery of education. An interactive multimedia-based educational module motivates children to embrace reading and writing habits. These modules assist children to gain knowledge of many complicated subjects in a fun and easy manner.

Always, the educational multimedia products facilitate to deliver an outstanding training module. However, a few of the training modules fail to meet their goal.

Let’s ponder 3 major reasons for the failure.

  1. Lack Challenge – I have come across many children based multimedia modules, and most of them are developed by teachers with little or no instructional design background. The content is mere reading from a textbook with a simple quiz thrown here and there. This does not encourage kids to proceed further as it does not challenge the kid. By creating the multimedia module more interactive might motivate the children to further explore the module. Children love hands on activity/exercise instead of just listening or reading.
  2. Information OverloadThe training modules fail to address higher thinking skills, the readings they require to integrate are scattered all over the web, which makes it hard for the audience to keep track from one reading to another. The multiple readings spread all over the web are not only very difficult to gather but also makes learning very distracting for the children.
  3. No Feedback – Feedback and more feedback constantly assist to create a better product that would enhance the learning of the children. Feedback from parents or teachers is highly recommended.

While designing high-quality interactive multimedia learning modules, the approach of the designer should be to motivate children and introduce them to a variety of learning styles that make the learning process more intriguing.

4 points for instructional designers to consider while designing education based multimedia module for children.

  1. The training module should display a strong base on which the children can build proficiency.
  2. It should demonstrate different learning styles.
  3. The training material should stimulate many parts of the kid’s brain.
  4. Above all make it fun for the children to learn.

Do you have any points to add to the above list?

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Home button or Logo link

I am working on a new website interface. As soon as I initiated the pencil sketch, I got into this debate within myself, whether to add a home button or not? Oh no not again!

The users are very smart, they sure know that once you click on the company logo, it would take them to homepage.  For a very long time, we have been adding the same word “HOME”, it sounds silly sometimes. A  few webmasters come up with House icon, looking like a cartoon movie!. 

C’mon folks! We are in the Web 2.0 era, should we have to guide every user through the index page? Visual Literacy plays a vital role here. Users certainly understand that links that take to another page are underlined in blue, an envelope icon is for an email, if we are in the e-commerce site then we have to click on the shopping cart to check out, the navigation links are either in the left or in the top, etc. We all know that, Amazon.com is often used as an example that demonstrates a great user experience, they don’t have HOME button, and yet they pull a huge traffic, don’t they?

Now with all that said, it also comes to my knowledge that it counts on the audience. Not all clients are web developers, they can’t ponder as a web developer. Correspondingly, not all users are web savvy. We have to focus not only the most experienced users but also the novice. It looks like the dispute will be on for another decade or two as the theory of including or excluding the home button seems to be raising numerous Why’s and But’s. Web developers possess to satiate diverse audiences and hence whether they like it or not, plan for both HOME buttons as well as give the link in the company logo.