Is your elearning designed with CRAP in mind? Well, it should!
The CRAP method of instructional design doesn’t refer to the quality of your training, but rather the visual placement of the items you use within your elearning, particularly images and diagrams (but can also apply to text placement).
Specifically, CRAP refers to Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity. When building out your courses, it is important to keep these items in mind as ignoring them can actually have a negative impact on the effectiveness of the training. Let’s look at these concepts a little more closely.
Contrast - One way to leverage contrast is to draw attention of the learner to a specific part of the screen, or even diagram. For example, if you are showing different parts of a software dashboard in your training, you can use a shadow to make the other parts of the image darker and then highlight the important area by keeping its original color. This helps to eliminate unnecessary distraction.