6 Instructional Design Tips For Effective eLearning

6 Instructional Design Tips For Effective eLearning

Education is forever changed and will never return to pre-Covid-19 days. Educators are under pressure to develop engaging, motivational, and cross-functional learning experiences for face-to-face and virtual learning. Achieving teacher, social and cognitive presence to keep educators, learners and workers connected and engaged in an online environment can be challenging. Often learners cite that online learning can be tiresome, repetitive, and (let’s be honest) boring!

However, it’s possible to create stimulating eLearning courses that won’t require a visual designer’s help to make an impactful ed-tech course.

Join us to explore six instructional design tips that will enable you to create effective eLearning course pages without formal training in visual design or HTML/CSS coding skills

Tip #1 Use Meaningful Imagery that relates to your learner’s

Humans are visual beings. We consider expressions, colours and symbols and make a personal conclusion regarding meaning. Adding images to your learning content can boost learner engagement and foster increased emotional impact. Adding the right image can support readers to retain information seven times more than usual. 

To ensure you add meaningful imagery that hits the spot with your learners, we recommend:

  • A series of images instead of bullet points to present a list-type of content
  • Considering the use of photographs instead of clip art to make your course design more professional
  • The use of powerful images that evoke the right emotions, particularly positive ones that your learners can relate to

Tip #2 Say “Goodbye” to cluttered templates!

If you know the name ‘Marie Kondo’, you’ll understand the point we’re trying to make here. 

Less is more.

Effective course design allows learners to concentrate on the content rather than the decorative elements. Excessive decoration can detract, overwhelm and disengage learners from learning outcomes. Removing design elements unrelated to your topic makes your course page as practical and straightforward as possible for your user to understand. Avoid distractions that could confuse learners’ thinking or divert them from the topic’s key elements.


Tip #3 ‘White space’ is your friend… not your foe

Designers have long emphasised the importance of white space in eLearning courses as they do in traditional instructional layouts. Negative space is complete in its own right; it does not always need to be filled with objects and clutter. Imagine having a room full of so many things; it would be not easy to find specific objects! Providing white space to learners allows them to identify what is essential and what is not. It facilitates better comprehension and presentation of ideas and encourages effective learning.


Tip #4 Separate content into bite-sized pieces

It is more beneficial for learners if learning content is separated across several slides if you need to present a lot of information. When too many details are added to one slide, it can be overwhelming and challenging for learners to derive meaningful context from the learning materials. Distilling information into bite-sized pieces improves course design and boosts comprehension and readability. 

Tip #5 Choose your colours wisely


Colour is crucial to visual design; it has the power to evoke appropriate reactions from your users. Moreover, consideration of colour is essential to maximise the accessibility of your learning content for all of your learner’s needs. For learners that suffer from colour blindness and eyesight impairments, the choice of colour applied to online course content can be critical to learner success. 

When designing your course, it’s best to use soft and subdued backgrounds and darker colours for the text. It is never a good idea to add too many colours to a course; three are usually more than enough to retain simplicity while making the course appealing to learners. Resources on the web can help you create the right colour palette for your course.

We recommend the online tool Coolors, which can help you pick a colour scheme for your learning course.  This tool considers conditions such as colour blindness and levels of eyesight.

Tip #6 Consistency is key

It is common for people who don’t have enough design experience to create courses with colour or pattern themes that don’t match one another. Varying design elements across a course make it difficult for learners to adjust to theme changes every few slides, and they lose focus. In this case, consistency is crucial for learners to remain engaged; stick to a single colour palette and guide learners through learning content using focal points throughout the course content to enhance consistency and improve course navigation. 

Course designers should also consider other design elements, such as fonts, backgrounds, and language.

To motivate learners to complete the course, the entire look and feel of the course must be captivating and exciting.

Learn how Loree can help you design engaging and interactive learning experiences with zero code experience required. Take your eLearning courses to new heights, today!

Crystal Delta launches Mastedly, a unified Education brand

Crystal Delta launches Mastedly, a unified Education brand

Melbourne, Victoria – 10 March 2022 – Crystal Delta announced the official launch of Mastedly, bringing together a suite of education technology products and services. Mastedly focuses on supporting educators to design and deliver experiences that engage learners for successful learning outcomes.


“As a parent brand, we have supported the education industry for five years. Mastedly strengthens our depth of experience and capability in developing education technology solutions,” said Balaji Baradhazhvar, Chief Executive Officer of Crystal Delta. “With the introduction of Mastedly, we wanted to create a cohesive brand presence that unifies our existing products and services, supports our growth, and furthers our mission to empower educators, globally.”


Mastedly will feel like a marketplace but act like a community. It enables educators to connect, share knowledge, and solve complex problems through the power of technology. With Mastedly, organisations can focus on what’s important: delivering exceptional educational experiences.


“Mastedly is the next evolution for Crystal Delta Education, and it’s ushering in a new chapter for us as industry leaders,” said Baradhazhvar. “This launch provides a foundation for future innovation as we continue to expand our offering in the education market.”


Since launching within the education sector in 2017, Crystal Delta has partnered with major LMS providers – Instructure, D2L, Blackboard, and Open edX. With its new education brand, Mastedly, it will continue to break new ground, form new partnerships, and showcase the mastery of its technology.


About Mastedly

Mastedly offers products and services that equip educators, organizations, and institutions to master the development and delivery of engaging educational experiences. Organizations can create and deliver effective and engaging learning using our industry-leading solutions.


Our suite of products and services includes:

  • Custom LTI development,
  • Custom integrations and development,
  • Efficient LMS migration and browsable course archiving with Crane, and
  • Course building services,
  • Intuitive, code-free course design with Loree for Blackboard and Canvas LMS,
  • End-to-end digital learning platform with Xen.Ed.


For more information, visit www.mastedly.com or follow Mastedly on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.


About Crystal Delta

Our leadership team is dedicated to helping you navigate complex technology problems by delivering industry-leading products and solutions. Our pioneering adventurers formed Crystal Delta with a distinct vision to be clearly different. Our global teams strive for the summit of your next digital adventure with a heightened focus on quality and delivery with every project.


In everything it does, the Crystal Delta focuses on delivering simple solutions to complex problems that make a meaningful difference to our customers. 


The Crystal Delta family of brands includes Crystal Delta Solutions, Mastedly, Loree, Crane and Xen.Ed.


To learn more, visit www.crystaldelta.com or follow Crystal Delta on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.


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For Mastedly, Crystal Delta

Head of Marketing, Crystal Delta


Crystal Delta and D2L Announce Partnership for Seamless Course Migrations to Brightspace LMS

Crystal Delta and D2L Announce Partnership for Seamless Course Migrations to Brightspace LMS

Mastedly, a global leader in education technology (EdTech), has recently announced its partnership with D2L (Brightspace LMS). The white-glove course migration solution (Crane) supports Education institutes to migrate courses at scale while improving the quality of course design.


“We noticed our Education customers were struggling to migrate their courses within an effective delivery timeframe. These delays cost Educational Institutes significant amounts, but more importantly, it affects students and their access to education.” said David Mackenzie, Chief Technology Officer, Crystal Delta.


Crane has seen significant results for Brightspace customers, with migrations of over 3000 courses taking only several months to complete. This process included end-to-end migrations between learning management systems and modernizing course content with present-day user experiences.


“It is our mission to transform the way the world learns and we are proud to work with organizations like Crystal Delta who are helping to create high-quality, accessible learning experiences to reach as many learners as possible with D2L Brightspace learning innovation platform,” said Tom Donelly, Chief Corporate Development Officer of D2L.


Crane is not slowing down, with its additional features in the self-service portal that provide Educators with enhanced tools for hybrid learners. “We work directly with educators to understand their needs. Our team is passionate about supporting the Education industry in everything we do, and we pride ourselves on engaging directly with those who need us most” mentioned Balaji Baradhazhvar, CEO, Crystal Delta.



D2L is transforming the way the world learns, helping learners of all ages achieve more than they dreamed possible. Working closely with clients all around the world, D2L is supporting millions of people learning online and in person. Our more than 950 global employees are dedicated to making the best learning products to leave the world better than where they found it. Learn more about D2L for K-12, higher education, and businesses www.D2L.com.

Crystal Delta
Our leadership team is dedicated to helping you navigate complex technology problems by delivering industry-leading products and solutions. Our pioneering adventurers formed Crystal Delta with a distinct vision, to be clearly different. Our global teams of over 100 tech ninjas strive for your digital summit with a heightened focus on quality and delivery with every project.


Website: www.crystaldelta.com
Contact information/comment:
Trevor Morrison
Marketing Manager
Crystal Delta

Crystal Delta Revolutionises Course Design and Online Learning Experiences in Blackboard

Crystal Delta Revolutionises Course Design and Online Learning Experiences in Blackboard

Crystal Delta has recently launched Loree for Blackboard to support educators in improving the learning experience through simplified course design and editing. Loree (the course design tool) is now available for integration with Blackboard. It is the only tool of its kind available for Blackboard learning management systems (LMS) and has been widely adopted by Canvas and Brightspace customers globally.

Loree is designed to support K-12, Higher Education, Vocational Education, and Corporate Education sectors. “If you’re looking for a design solution that will grow with you over time, we highly recommend Loree.” mentioned Loree customer Gretta O. Rogne, Director of Digital Learning, New Caney ISD.

Loree provides a range of features that simplify the course design and editing experience using Blackboard LMS, including:

  • Web-like Experiences: engaging and responsive course page creation with text, imagery, videos, and interactives (image sliders, flip cards, accordions, tabs, and more) within Blackboard
  • Accessibility Checker: Ensure your courses meet the unique needs of your learners within Blackboard
  • Design and Share: Design, build, save, and share your templates across your organisation
  • Integrations: Use Loree’s own seamless integration of H5P to easily embed interactive content within your courses in Blackboard

Loree course editing tool within the Blackboard interface

“A learner’s success and satisfaction are directly dependant on their engagement with course materials. Taking that thinking into account, I aim to empower educators, learning designers and all those who seek to deliver engaging, interactive and transformative learning experiences with the tool to do so.” Edina Cejvan, Product Owner, Loree

Loree is available now for Blackboard Learn and is coming soon to Blackboard Ultra. Blackboard users can also look forward to a growing set of interactive modules, out-of-the-box templates based on learning best practices, analytics, and much more.


Loree course editing tool within the Blackboard interface

“At Crystal Delta, our mission is to improve learning. Now with the release of Loree for Blackboard, the learners’ experience is improved through enabling educators to create engaging content. We look forward to supporting Blackboard’s customers and learners.”  Balaji Baradhazhvar, CEO, Crystal Delta

Click here to learn more about Loree.



Contact information
Trevor Morrison
Marketing Manager
Crystal Delta – www.crystaldelta.com

Ready-to-Learn Automated Course Migration and Transformation using Crane

Ready-to-Learn Automated Course Migration and Transformation using Crane

Crystal Delta, a global leader in education technology (EdTech), has recently announced ground-breaking advancements to its industry-leading course migration product to support educational institutes. Crane (course migration application) transforms and migrates courses in mere days, compared to current market technology that can take weeks and months.

Education providers moving to a new LMS have always had two tasks to contend with:
1) Migrate courses, and;
2) Uplift (transform) courses.

The first step has multiple solutions in the market, including Crane, but the second step can often take many months and hundreds of thousands of dollars to complete.

The latest release of Crane includes industry-first innovations in intelligent automation, which can now Uplift courses during or after an automated migration. By allowing users to specify a target template, Crane can transform the content to suit the desired layout and structure. Cutting course uplift down to days and still within the industry’s most competitive price.

“We noticed our education customers were struggling to migrate and then uplift their courses within an effective delivery timeframe. These delays cost Educational Institutes significant amounts, but more importantly, it affects students and their access to education.” said David MackenzieCrane Product Owner and Crystal Delta CTO. 

Crane’s course migration capabilities remain unmatched in the marketplace, with its ability to migrate courses from and to a range of Learning Management Systems (LMS). Educational institutes utilizing popular platforms such as Blackboard, Instructure, and D2L (among others), can now migrate and uplift courses to new learning standards in record time and the most competitive cost in the market. With the latest additions, including a self-service portal, we’ve proven bulk migrations with uplift, from Blackboard Learn to Blackboard Ultra at 2,500 courses per day.

RMIT University leveraged the solution to accelerate their course migration, delivering hundreds of courses within days. “Our manual course migration project was running behind schedule, and we decided to approach the Crystal Delta team to assist. Crystal Delta’s automation delivered migrated courses with consistent quality at high speed, and they completed the migration of courses ahead of the project deadline.” stated Tass KatsoulidisDirector of Learning & Teaching Solutions, RMIT University. 

The Crane course migration application has migrated thousands of courses for small and large education institutions in Australia, Asia, and the United States.   

“We aim to make complex things simple. Education institutes and students of today deserve the right to advanced technology to accelerate the learning experience.” mentioned Balaji Baradhazhvar, CEO at Crystal Delta. 

Click here to learn more about Crane’s intelligent course migration.

Website: www.crystaldelta.com 
Contact information/comment: 
Trevor Morrison
Marketing Manager
Crystal Delta

What Reading Fiction Can Teach Grad Students about Emotional Intelligence

What Reading Fiction Can Teach Grad Students about Emotional Intelligence

In late 2020, the World Economic Forum released its list of the top 10 job skills that will be in demand by 2025. These skills included social influence, resilience, creativity, flexibility, and ideation.

Harvard Business School set out to answer the question; “How do you teach students how to be more empathetic, better able to interpret and express emotions, or more willing to sit with ambiguity?”. A clear identifier was reading fiction, posing a strong correlation between higher levels of emotional intelligence.

The study began by creating reading assignments to their students to practice deep thinking by engaging with fictional texts. Students were surprised to be receiving the assignment, as most had not been asked to read fiction in their classes beyond undergraduate literature courses. Over the research period, students were assigned both reading and writing assignments with interesting results.

The results
Harvard Business School identified three themes that dominated the conversations: empathy, individual and social responsibility, and leadership.

Readings included, “The Man in the Well” by Ira Sher, “As the North Wind Howled” by Yu Hua, and “Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street” by Herman Melville

Read the full results here

It’s difficult accurately defining how reading fiction directly impacts students’ emotional intelligence or other cognitive skills, assigning fiction for discussion in a profession graduate school class opened the doors to conversations that differ from the standard rubric.

One student wrote, “I was pleasantly surprised that we had to read fiction for this class. I really liked the discussion we had in class about this reading and how we were able to connect these fictitious characters and scenarios to real-life workplace situations.”

“Reading and discussing fiction is part of our training as creative, flexible, and critical thinkers.”

Read the complete article here: https://hbsp.harvard.edu/inspiring-minds/what-reading-fiction-can-teach-graduate-students-about-empathy-and-emotion