Basic principles of online learning design

Once you have chosen the overall design type and begin to develop the individual components of an online resource, you'll then need to consider a range of online design principles, some of which are industry accepted standards, others of which are common design standards, to guide the development of both the overall design and the granular components within it.

All online learning materials should:

  • meet at least minimum standards, such as Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). For additional information, refer to the WCAG 2.0 evaluation for VET sector
  • be simple and intuitive to navigate
  • minimise level of linkage – users should be able to get information required within three clicks
  • be engaging
  • function on specified platforms and browsers.
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