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Handy Checklist for Instructional Designers

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Handy Checklist for Instructional Designers

A checklist is a quick reference tool which tells you of the things you need to ensure in your eLearning course. It enables instructional designers to stay on track and avoid rework, thereby reducing the development time and costs. A checklist consists of a list of parameters that need to be checked thoroughly to maximize the success of your eLearning course.

In this post, let’s have a look at 6 parameters that we need to check while working on storyboards of eLearning courses.

1. Learning Objectives

  • Learning objectives must align with the content and assessments.
  • They should be brief, precise and clear specifying what learners will be able to perform at the end of the course.
  • They must satisfy the performance, condition and criteria specifications.

Learning Objectives

2. Flow of Content

  • Ensure transition between screens of eLearning course.
  • Use a conversational tone that is friendly and supportive.
  • Do not jump into the learning content directly. Provide learners with some introduction.
  • See that the screen content or text must be related to the screen title.
  • Maintain clarity while writing because it directly addresses learners and allows them to relate to the context.

Flow of Content

3. Instructional Strategy

  • Use analogies or examples to explain difficult topics/concepts.
  • Make sure that examples used are relevant and relate to the subject being taught.
  • Maintain a balance between on-screen text and images and they must be supported by the relevant audio.

Instructional Strategy

4. Presentation

  • Use different colors to differentiate the content.
  • Avoid decorative graphics as they distract learners.
  • Minimize links to external websites.
  • Place labels near the images/graphics.
  • Ensure that images are clear.

Presentation

5. Assessments and Feedback

  • Frame questions that directly align with the learning objectives.
  • See that the content of assessments is covered in the course.
  • Provide correct and clear instructions for every activity.
  • Ensure that the feedback is clear enough for the learner to understand why he is correct or incorrect.
  • Allow the learners to navigate to know why he is correct or incorrect, if possible.
  • Avoid teaching new content in the feedback.
  • Ask one or two questions at the end of every topic to reinforce the learning process.

Assessments and Feedback

6. Accessibility and Navigation

  • See that the navigation of your course is clear.
  • Provide learners with clear and concise instructions throughout the course.
  • Ensure that all files/links are clickable and work properly. Show text snippets related to an animation or a video to reveal its essence.

Accessibility and Navigation

These are some of the parameters that every instructional designer needs to check in order to create error-free eLearning courses. Do share if you wish to add to this list.

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