Thursday, March 10, 2005

Designing Elearning Curriculum

  • Work out the curriculum and course level instructional strategy.
  • Identify consistent elements for the entire curriculum - what are the look-and-feel elements and functionality what will remain same for the entire curriculum.
  • Identify the disparate elements - what look-and-feel elements and functionality will change for a specific course within the curriculum so that the learner interest is maintained.
  • Work out a higher level assessment strategy for the entire curriculum. Decide if pre- and post- assessment will be provided at curriculum level, course level or both.


  • Maintain a comprehensive style guide. Keep the document alive.
  • Maintain a glossary document that houses the glossary terms and descriptions for all the courses, as they develop. You will be able to easily reference this document for newer courses.
  • Make sure the design changes as a result of content variation is aligned to the curriculum look and project scope.
  • Keep an eye on the word count to make sure the interactions are not strained at the production stage.
  • Be aware of all the interactions available to you - these are the tools with which you will make effective courses.


  • Maintain consistency.
  • Identify icons, images, elements, resources that can be leveraged across courses.
  • Make sure that the look-and-feel is consistent per lesson across courses. For example, if lesson 3.1 refers to a process workflow, make sure that the arrows and the junction elements are consistent for all the courses within the curriculum.


  • Plan your audio strategy - one voice for all courses or different voices for different courses?
  • Identify the audio elements that will remain consistent for a particular lesson for all the courses within the curriculum.
  • Keep the audio generic.
  • Record various permutations and combinations for instructional text audio so that later if the voice talent is unavailable, your project remains unaffected.

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