Instructional Design for eLearning

Instructional Design for eLearning

There are no refunds, learners cannot get their time back if we waste it. (Christopher Pappas)

We take complex subject matter and instructor-led face to face training and convert it to eLearning.

The subject matter includes pre-recorded lectures, PowerPoint presentations, hand-outs, workbooks, course notes, audio and video files and any other learning resource materials.

  • 40% of Training Budget are spent on Travel

We take the content and create eLearning courses that are stimulating, engaging, interactive and learner centric.

They are hosted on your learning management system or we can provide a .

How We Design & Build eLearning Courses

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The Instructional Designer works with the Subject Matter Expert (SME) to design and develop the learning experience.

The SME is the person who is the authority on the topic related to the course to be created.

We work with the SME using the five step ADDIE Instructional Design Model to create your online course.

The 5 Step ADDIE Instructional Design Model

Analysis helps you gain a clear understanding of the course requirements and the key factors to consider are –

  • What’s the learning problem you want to solve?
  • Who is the target audience?
  • What are the specific knowledge or skills gaps you have identified?
  • Have you identified the learning outcomes to fill the gaps in knowledge, skills or change attitudes
  • What resources, activities and medi will be used to transfer knowledge?

Fundamental to this stage is the training needs analysis (TNA). The TNA identifies the gap between the actual knowledge and skills and the desired knowledge and skills.

Design is where we put the flesh and bones on the subject matter. We begin with the learning assessment and work our way backwards.

To borrow a phrase from Stephen Covey: “We begin with the end in mind”. Key factors in this stage are –

  • Understanding the target audience and specifying course objectives
  • Storyboarding, scriptwriting, user interface and user experience design

  • Identifying the media, resources and assets to be used to support the course content

  • Designing the learning assessments so we can determine if learning outcomes have filled knowledge and skills gaps

We have analysis and design. This is where we put the design into action and develop the course ideas. It’s time to build your eLearning course and bring all the media, resources and assets to life. This stage includes –

  • Identifying the the right authoring tools
  • The visual design – graphics, gifs, powerpoint slides and infographics
  • Course navigation, layout, font, colour and themes
  • Producing videos, intros, outros, captions and subtitles
  • Test and evaluate – proofread, check for bugs and evaluate that all the learning objectives have been achieved
  • Establish a review process for all stakeholders and get their feedback and comments

At the end of this phase the end product is ready for your learners.

To recap and see how each stage is connected to the implementation let’s take a quick overview of the steps –

  • Analysis determines the structure and style of the course
  • Design maps the appropriate learning and behavioural outcomes
  • Development brings the learning experience to life and puts everything into action

The course has been tested, reviewed and approved. The implementation is where the learners experience and complete the course. The course files are exported to a LMS (Learning Management System). During the process the course is configured for evaluation, detailed tracking and reporting.

Evaluation is not confined to the end of the process and revisions are an integral part of the ADDIE model. Using evaluation in the analysis, design, development and implementation stages ensures that any issues that arise can be addressed before the course is published.

Ultimately you want to assess if knowledge has transferred to the learners and learning outcomes have been achieved. You also want feedback from users. The key elements of this stage are –

  • Select the appropriate training evaluation technique
  • Determine what you’ll measure
  • Choosing the right training evaluation tools

At the end of the process you should be able to answer two questions –

🙶 Were appropriate knowledge and skills gaps filled?🙷

🙶 Did the time and money invested in the training give a return on investment and contribute to the bottom line?🙷