I have compiled several e-learning, instructional design, and web design checklists to create the ultimate e-learning design and development checklist. This list is thorough and covers a broad range of items. Keep in mind not every item will apply to every project.
ASSESSMENTS & TESTS
VIDEOS & ANIMATION
AUDIO & NARRATION
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17 thoughts on “The Ultimate E-Learning Design and Development Checklist”
Comprehensive checklist! Great work. Thanks for sharing.
Fabulous! Great tool for checking projects. Thanks!
Thank you so much Nicole for sharing this great work. I have gathered a few more items (those with “-” are particularly important IMO), but some of them may sound obvious?
I would really like to translate your checklist in french and post it online (in your blog or mine) if you’re OK with that.
Last thing: in your pdf file the titles seems to be erased.
– Every unnecessary piece of content or media (= not related to objectives) have been removed
* Graphics are used every time it’s needed to support meaning
– Transitions are used quite often (in order to remind the learner where he is in the global learning path)
* Explain the benefit of each part or topic (engagement and motivation of the learner)
* Important content is presented several times differently (from a different perspective or using a different information channel)
* When possible, make the learner experience the content rather than presenting it
– Segment the difficulty into multiple steps (so that the learner will gain confidence)
– Place the information in context
ASSESSMENTS & TESTS
– Every learning objective is assessed (at least one time during the course)
– Describe precisely the behavior of the assessment & tests activities in the storyboard (reminders, number of tries, scoring, advices and feedbacks related to each phase of the activity, branching links …)
– Instructions are clearly written (simple syntax and no ambiguity)
– A question with only one assessing objective do not measure measure multiple things
* MCQ : minimum 3 items, maximum 6 items
– Every distractor is plausible
* Complete testing grids are used by the testers
– Testing have been done in the real learning environment (LMS, web site …)
– Testing have been done with a learner’s account
– The tracking have been verified
– All combinations of assessments & tests have been tested
– Sources of medias are mentioned if needed
– Prefer conversational writing to formal writing
AUDIO & NARRATION
* Narration is prefered to text for explanations of graphics
– Prefer conversational narration to formal narration
VERSION AND TIME DATAS (NEW CATEGORY)
* The last review date of the course is indicated
– The next review date of the course is known by the development team (to avoid obsolete content)
* The version of the course is indicated (V1, V2.16 …)
– The duration of the course is indicated
* Metadatas of the final product (version, description, review date …) have been filled
(really, you read it all? thanks 🙂 )
Matthieu – I already started a version 2 of the checklist, and I added/re-organized some items and added a new section for “localization”. Can I also add all the items you have listed ? I will update the PDF list with all the changes at some point this wkd – maybe a good idea to wait until I have updated/sent you the new version of the checklist before you translate to French ? 🙂 its up to you but I really appreciate all your added comments and list items … Thank you !!!
You’re welcome Nicole. Of course, you can take everything you want from my list and reorganize it. I’ll wait for the version 2 before translating, indeed a better idea.
Have a great week-end !
Excellent piece of work. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to version 2.
Great summary! hard to add something else..but I will try:)
Useful indeed…. Great for a quick glance to refer before the final deliverable … Thanks for sharing
Thank you for leaving a comment! Glad you find it useful! 🙂
I am a rookie and this list and MATTHIEU’s inputs together make an awesome checklist. I have printed it and pinned it on my desk board. Thank you guys so much.
PS- Where do I get the Version 2 of this list?
yes, very usefull !
A question : In text content, what is SME ?
merci beaucoup !