1) Why is the Design being Built or Created?
Good design is only good
if it is built around a core reason why the design is built. Although this may
seem vague, and you may wonder what exactly the core reason has to do with the
design. This step might require some original brainstorming to figure out the
true reason behind the need for and creation of the design. It may be necessary
to slow down and pause work for a second to get a clear idea of what the
purpose of the design is.
2) What does your Course Mean to the Audience you are Making it For?
First of all, you need to ensure that you understand your target audience; their wants, needs, likes, dislikes, and cultures. You have to understand your audience in order to craft a course which grabs their attention and keeps it. There is a reason that people are taking the course you are designing, and you need to understand this reason in order to design the most optimal course for them. This step is all about understanding your target audience, and creating the best product for them.
3) The Look and Feel of the E-learning Course
While you may already have a clear idea of layout in your head, you need to compare this layout to the above research you have done and edit the layout accordingly. It is important to create an original prototype for your design before, as this will help with the development pathway. This prototype should have around three or four slides in place in the chosen colours, fonts, and layout that your whole course will eventually be in.
4) The Final Step: Execution
This is the final step,
and many people think that this is the most important step to focus on;
however, this step is not possible to be executed perfectly without the
previous three steps. Execution is the final step of the process, and it is the
pinnacle of the design process. This is the point where what you have built and
designed is now something that will please you and your team, the students you
are preparing it for, and the client you have made it for. This step has a lot
of variables, as there are multiple people who need to be pleased.
However, the most important part of this step is actually the three steps before it. If these are completed perfectly, this final step should be a piece of cake! The developmental process finds the right people to help with the design and make it the best it can be.
5) All Done!
Done may be a little bit
premature, but the steps you have completed up until this point have gotten you
to the right place. You have started to create a good design, and you now have
a good basis of your pyramid. During the fifth and final phase of the pyramid
is where your inner designer can really come out. This is where you get to
enhance your course and make it your own. This is where you can add frills,
enhancements, and other bits on top which were not part of the other four
levels of the pyramid.
You have already designed a good and solid course, and it is just time to add the frills. This is where you can open up the course to the outside input of either your co-creators, potential students, course testers, and the general population. This is where you can collect and curate feedback which will allow you to edit your course. It is unlikely that your first prototype will be absolutely perfect, so this step in the pyramid will allow you to create a better second production.
The pyramid method is a great way to optimise workflow for e-learning development and understand course design. Happy developing!