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  • Writer's pictureSharaf Goussous

User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) Design in eLearning Content Development

Understanding how to research, design, and develop learning content are the core skills for instructional designers. But why are UX and UI design becoming just as important?

When it comes to eLearning, UX and UI both play a vital role. If you have the best training program that excels in all the instructional design components of the process, but a poor user experience and user interface, it is likely to fail.

Let us first understand what the difference is between UX and UI design

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UX is about the entire product, service, or learning experience that the user goes through. It encompasses the interaction between the user and the product (the journey). In contrast, UI is about the look and feel – how the product is presented and interacted with (the style).

So, why are UX and UI such an important part of the eLearning content development process?

The main purpose of UX and UI in eLearning is to make the student journey smooth and the learning process easy to navigate.

How can UX and UI improve the eLearning journey?

Clean Design

When developing eLearning content, it is necessary to design a clean interface that makes it easy for students to focus on the learning journey. During the design and development process, it is important to exclude any unnecessary links, blocks, buttons, and other such components. When you have a simple, clean, and uncluttered white space, it means you have minimalist content.

Enticing Landing Page

The home page is the first impression students get when logging into the course. When the page clearly explains what the course is about, students can easily find the topics, assignments, reading materials, and extra resources quickly, allowing them to navigate through the course easily and become more interested in the program.

Easy Navigation

When the design structure and learning experience is straightforward, such as incorporating an easily-navigable menu, clear and well-designed buttons, reading blocks with easy instructions, and so on, the students’ experience will be smooth, and they can save time on trying to look for things or figure out how to access the topics. Students should be using the course without needing to think too much about how to move around.


When developing eLearning content, designers should keep in mind that students will be accessing the content from different devices. Creating a responsive UX and UI will help students to utilise their time and access the course from anywhere using mobile devices, tablets, and laptops. Having responsive eLearning content also means that pages should load quickly, so it’s important to check the size of the images and the volume of content on each page.

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