Often the lines between User Interface and User Experience can become blurred, especially in developing eLearning content. This article outlines the difference between the UI and UX.
A UX designer needs a deep understanding of the learners and their needs and goals in using the eLearning. The UX designer might interview potential or “typical” users and conduct other market research, create personas to help describe the target user, or create use-case scenarios. Key deliverables are wireframes and prototypes. The UX designer must be willing to test and iterate until the design works.
A UI designer needs a strong grasp of visual design principles and must understand the branding and the mood the eLearning should convey. The UI designer ideally would also understand and be able to include interactive and animated graphical elements in the interface. UI designers also need to be willing to test and revise based on user feedback.