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Checklist for Content Standardization in E-learning – Part 2

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Checklist for Content Standardization in E-learning- Part 2

In my previous blog, Checklist for content standardization in eLearning- Part 1, I have discussed the grammatical rules that every instructional designer (ID) should follow while developing a storyboard. In this blog, I would like to share some guidelines on sentence structuring, style and important elements of an online course.

Sentence Structuring

Types Guidelines
Parallelism Maintain parallelism for elements

  1. Being connected by synchronizing conjunctions (and, or, but)
  2. Being distinguished or compared
  3. Having bulleted lists and points
  1. Avoid intensifiers, when they do not add meaning
  1. Maintain consistency for the prompt text
  2. Use either the British or American variants of spellings. Do not use both
  3. Use appropriate words to deliver meaning


Types Guidelines
  1. Font color should be consistent throughout the course
  2. Instructions on the screen should be of different color and italicized
  1. Must be clear and concise
  2. See that titles, headlines and labels are written in title case
  3. In case of hyphenated words, capitalize the first element but do not capitalize the second element
Hyperlinks/ URLs
  1. Hyperlinks and URLs should be in blue and underlined
  2. Make sure that the web page opens the hyperlinks and URLs, in a separate window
  3. Provide appropriate instructions to return to the course
  4. Use lower case letters while writing URLs
  5. When you provide a website address, do not use the letters http. For instance, you can specify the website of CommLab India LLP as There is no need to write it as
  6. If you are using any protocol other than HTTP, specify the protocol along with the URL
  1. Maintain proper spacing between the sentences and paragraphs

Other Guidelines 

Types Guidelines
  1. Have objectives both at the course and module levels
  2. Use appropriate verbs from Bloom’s taxonomy
  3. Each objective should address only one learning point
  1. Keep it clear and concise
  2. Include only the key learning points
  1. Use photographs from Clip Art
  2. Do not violate the copyrights
  3. See that the size of an image size does not exceed 220X280 pixels
  4. Use images of the JPEG and PNG format
  1. The dimension of a video should be 320 x 240 pixels
  2. The FLV format is ideal for Flash videos
  1. The audio files should be in the MP3 or WAV formats
  2. Except for the character based approach, avoid using multiple voiceovers within the same course
  1. Assess your learners on each enabling objective or learning point
  2. Align each assessment with the learning objective
  3. Provide immediate feedback to learners.
  4. Try to avoid ‘negative question stems’

I hope this blog is useful. You can create great learning experiences by paying attention to these things. What do you think? Do share your thoughts.

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