Detailed Checklist for Building an Effective E-Learning Course

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This checklist will allow you to create and implement successful, effective, informative, and practical e-learning courses for learners in both educational and professional settings. Here is detailed e-learning course design checklist that you can use to get your e-learning courses ready for launch.
  • Have you analysed the eLearning needs and identified the budget and time constraints?
  • Have all eLearning course audiences been examined and analysed?
  • Are the eLearning course objectives clear and do they include the criteria for evaluation?
  • Are the eLearning course requirements consistent with the overall objectives?
  • Does the structure of the eLearning course meet instructional goals?
  • Have you completed the task analysis?
  • Have you utilized a number of different instructional models or theories?
  • Is the content offered in smaller, “bite sized” chunks for the learner?
  • Have you made the headings clear and concise?
  • Is the information grouped together in a practical way?
  • Have you included a sufficient number of presentations (multimedia, etc)?
  • Is the information broken down into bullet points (at least 5 per slide)?
  • Does every eLearning course’s module contain a summary and your eLearning course a glossary of key terms?
  • 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 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?
  • Does the content flow, free of grammatical or spelling errors?
  • Is the content current and in-line with the core curriculum?
  • 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?
  • Have you included relevant and legally owned images and video elements in the eLearning course?
  • Are all files compressed for easy download?
  • Are all of the multimedia elements consistent (in terms of size and quality)?
  • Is the audio synced to the video presentations within the eLearning course?
  • Is the narration clear and easy to understand?
  • Have you ensured that the audio or video can be controlled by the user (i.e. paused)?
  • Display on-screen text to provide the best readability and clarity.
  • If possible, use diagrams, graphs and flow charts to help the learners understand the content.
  • Use graphic conventions consistently; for example, italic style must always be used for the same purpose.
  • Use lists or tables to help learners organize the information.
  • Use list points or blank spaces to separate items in a list or focus the attention on them.
  • Consider word and row spacing to improve text readability.
  • Can you easily navigate through the entire eLearning course using just the keyboard 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 aren’t text-based?
  • Is the e-Learning course easy to navigate for the learner?
  • Are all eLearning course modules featured in their correct sequence?
  • Are hyperlinks displayed clearly and do they all work properly?
  • Have you included backward links so that learners can return to previous screens?
  • Is there an abundance of navigation graphics? If so, whittle down to only what’s needed.
  • Is there a table of contents and a map of the course?
  • Does the eLearning course load within a reasonable time frame?
  • Are shortcut keys available to the learner?
  • Has an FAQ page, with hyperlinks to other areas of the eLearning course, been created?
  • Have all hardware and software requirements and recommendations been listed?
  • Have the dimensions of the eLearning course been optimized for users?
  • Is the eLearning course viewable in all of the major web browsers?
  • Can the eLearning course material be printed with ease?
  • Are assessments being timed properly?
  • Do you have a clear syllabus in place at the beginning of the eLearning course?
  • Is the eLearning course aesthetically uniform and have you included branding elements throughout?
  • Is the colour usage consistent and appropriate?
  • Are all of the elements visible with the chosen colour scheme?
  • Does at least half the screen consists of white space, to keep the look clean and organized?
  • Have you verified that all content fits the screen (no horizontal/vertical scrolling)?
  • Have you avoided backgrounds/patterns that may be distracting for the learner?
  • Can instructors easily add or modify the content within the course?

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