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Trainer’s Tip: Distance Learning Material


Ian Woodward shares his top tips on how to hone effective and focused paper-based, distance-learning material.

To make your materials more effective, I suggest that you first concentrate on the content and on the support that users will receive (even more than the design):

  • Think carefully about your target audience (e.g. where and how they will use the materials.)

  • Build in a review/support process with their line managers.

  • Proof the materials carefully and get user feedback where possible.

On top of this:

  • Use a bold design that looks light, bright and attractive, ideally with photographs.

  • Be consistent in terms of layout, colour etc.

  • Provide a good index.

  • Try to avoid using clip art where possible (I'm finding that some people now react strongly against this).

  • Put any answers well away from the questions (ideally at the back of the book).

  • Give people plenty of space to make notes.


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