eLearning Course Development Checklist



When you are running a business which employs human resources, you need to train these resources on how to use your customized tools, programs or software, offer services, engage with clients, and everything else.

Assessing training needs and training employees is one of the most crucial functions for any business. This is where brains behind training content and eLearning developers get together. What you need next, is to follow a checklist to ensure a good quality eLearning module to be published. This checklist can be used to help assess the quality of :

- Off-the-shelf eLearning courses before purchase

- Self-assess an eLearning course you are currently developing

- Or the quality of eLearning courses already deployed on your LMS

Checkpoint 1 – The Graphic User Interface (GUI):

  • Look and feel of LMS GUI blends with visual design of eLearning courses

  • Consistent and uncluttered

  • Easy to navigate through

Checkpoint 2 – Visual Design

  • Follows brand guidelines

  • Text, graphics, animations and interactions are in line with the visual design

  • Simple, uncluttered and clear

  • Illustrations support learning and reduce text heaviness

  • Gamification aligns with the aesthetics

Checkpoint 3 – Instructional approach

  • Learning objectives are simple to interpret, reflected in topic headings and learning activities

  • Learning objectives should be represented by a repeated key message that learners can readily assimilate

  • Content or information flow is sequential and logical

  • The course is preferably no longer than 20 minutes in duration

  • Instructions and prompts are unambiguous and consistent throughout

  • Learning activities are appropriately debriefed

  • Where appropriate, learners can navigate freely, to enable exploration and choice

Checkpoint 4 – Navigation

  • Navigation is accessibility compliant

  • It is intuitive, consistent, simple to use and uncluttered

  • Includes Menu /Back /Forward /Replay /Progress /Closed Captions /Volume /Help /Glossary (if required) /Resources /Exit

  • Navigation is consistent with eLearning courses already on the LMS

  • Passes tests for easy navigation on touchscreen devices (if eLearning is smartphone/tablet compatible)


Checkpoint 5 – Interactivity

  • Interactivity within the course is purposeful, adds interest and dimension.

  • Creates a memorable experience about the content

  • Contains no functional errors

  • Thorough testing for touchscreen devices (if eLearning is smartphone/tablet compatible)

Checkpoint 6 – Narration/Text/Closed Captions

  • The narration/text is clear, concise, unambiguous and to the point

  • Text on screen is not narrated verbatim

  • It is used to supplement copious text on screen, to help learners process difficult content

  • Narration and corresponding animation is presented simultaneously

  • Headers, fonts and font colors are easy to read and consistent throughout the module

  • No spelling mistakes or space inconsistencies.

Checkpoint 7 – Assessment

  • A variety of self-assessment types is placed throughout the course (True/False, Multiple choice, Drag and Drop, Place in order, Hot-spot, etc.)

  • Scenario based assessment questions reflect the original learning objectives

  • An elaborate feedback/assessment evaluation slide

Checkpoint 8 – Cultural Fit

  • ‘Tone’ reflects the organisation’s culture

  • Any bias to specific employee groups is avoided

  • Visual design is reflective of the workplace culture and activities, and the organisation’s messaging about the topic at hand

Listed above are important matters as they reduce the learner's cognitive effort required to interpret what’s on the screen. Get in touch with your eLearning development team and don’t forget to keep these checkpoints handy.

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