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This timeline will allow you to create and implement successful, effective,
informative, and practical eLearning course design for learners in both
educational and professional settings.
An eLearning Course Design checklist that you can use to get your eLearning
courses ready for launch.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
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  • Analyze eLearning needs and identify budget and time constraints.
  • Examine and analyze eLearning course audience.
  • Establish clear course objectives & criteria for evaluation.
  • Ensure course requirements are consistent with overall objectives.
  • Structure eLearning course to meet instructional goals.
  • Complete the task analysis.
  • Ensure different instructional models/theories are used.
  • Ensure learning content is in bite-sized chunks.
  • Headings clear and concise / easy to follow.
  • Group information in a practical way.
  • Modules contain a summary & glossary of key terms.
COURSE OBJECTIVES RESOURCES
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• Aims and objectives can sometimes be confusing but every eLearning course needs to have them. Here’s an explanation of what they are, why they’re needed and a simple way to write aims and objectives for eLearning courses.

• The best way to create bad e-Learning is to dump content into an authoring tool, add some questions and call it an eLearning course. Learning development starts with defining clear learning objectives.

COURSE ASSESSMENT
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  • Are all assessments relevant, challenging, clear, and complete?
  • Have you used a variety of testing methods throughout the eLearning course?
  • Do you have a final assessment (test, quiz, survey or exam) at the end of the eLearning course?
  • Do you have a pass/fail structure in place?
  • Are the assessments interactive and engaging, and do they clearly focus on the objective?
  • Is there a feedback system that allows for instructor feedback in a reasonable time frame?
  • Have you included a post eLearning course evaluation at the end of the course?
  • Are the assessments free of new content that the learner has not yet acquired?
COURSE ASSESSMENT RESOURCES
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  • Assessments are critical elements in learning; they determine accomplishment of Lesson /  Module / Course objectives. However, you can design assessments to be more than an evaluation of what has been learned. You can design them to be a part of the learning process itself.
  • “Did training deliver the results it was supposed to?”, if structured strategically, they can also shed light on other elements of the training program, such as the quality of inclusiveness (Stakeholder engagement, Partnerships with other groups etc.) during the entire training initiative. 
  • When you send training resources out for review, are you getting back the type of constructive feedback you need? 
COURSE CONTENT CREATION
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  • Does the content flow, free of grammatical or spelling errors?
  • Is the content current and in-line with the core course outline?
  • Does the content help to achieve the desired learning objectives?
  • Is referenced content properly credited and quoted?
  • Is the language used clear and descriptive (without being verbose)?
  • Have you chosen text that is appropriate for the target audience and not gender specific?
  • Is your tone consistent and appropriate?
  • Have all stats, facts, and dates been checked and referenced?
  • Is the information consistent? For example, are all dates listed in the same manner?
  • Has correct capitalization and punctuation been used throughout?
  • Is the content available in all local languages?
COURSE GRAPHICS & FONTS
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  • Have you only used a maximum of four fonts throughout the entire course?
  • Is the body text in the same font, and decorative text only used in the headers?
  • Have you included the right line spacing and paragraph length?
  • Have you used the correct font sizes and colors (are they all visible)?
  • Is the body text left justified?
  • Have you included a minimal amount of bold/italicised words?
  • Are the images relevant, compressed and re-sized? Do you legally own all of them?
  • Are all of the images the right file type and consistent (in terms of quality and size)?
  • Are screen captures free of personal data?
COURSE MULTIMEDIA
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    1. Have you included relevant and legally owned images and video elements in the eLearning course?
    2. Are all files compressed for easy download?
    3. Are all of the multimedia elements consistent (in terms of size and quality)?
    4. Is the audio synced to the video presentations within the eLearning course?
    5. Is the narration clear and easy to understand?
    6. Have you ensured that the audio or video can be controlled by the user (i.e. paused)? 
COURSE ACCESSIBILITY
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  • Can you easily navigate through the entire eLearning course using just the keyboard, trackpad and mouse?
  • Have you used all of the ALT tags available?
  • Are captions included for all audio or video elements that deal with core content?
  • Are all of your fields and clickable areas easy to use?
  • Have you included text for all of the elements that are not text-based?
COURSE NAVIGATION
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  • Is the course easy to navigate for the learner?
  • Are all Learning course modules featured in their correct sequence?
  • Are hyperlinks displayed clearly and do they all work properly?
  • Have you included backward links / breadcrumbs so that learners can return to previous screens?
  • Is there an abundance of navigation graphics? If so, reduce.
  • Is there a table of contents and a map of the course?
OVERALL COURSE DESIGN
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    1. Do you have a clear syllabus in place at the beginning of the course?
    2. Is the course aesthetically uniform and have you included branding elements throughout?
    3. Is the color usage consistent and appropriate?
    4. Are all of the elements visible with the chosen color scheme?
    5. Does at least half the screen consists of white space, to keep the look clean and organized?
    6. Have you verified that all content fits the screen (no horizontal/vertical scrolling)?
    7. Have you avoided backgrounds/patterns that may be distracting for the learner?
    8. Can instructors easily add or modify the content within the course?

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