What Does It Take to Create Effective eLearning


Developing effective elearning requires expertise in Project Management, Computer-based Instructional Design, Multimedia Design, Instructional Technology and Quality Assurance. It is rare for a single person to have mastered all of these skill sets. Therefore, developing effective elearning often requires a team approach which leverages the unique skills of each contributor.

A team approach also ensures an efficient elearning development process as each contributor can focus on their core competency rather than having to muddle through elements that they are not experts in. The following graphic highlights the five key skill sets required to develop effective elearning as well as the primary contributions of each team member.

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  5. I had no idea it took so many hours to put something together!

  6. tammilee says:

    thanks for the great info, really interesting

  7. dena1968 says:

    This team approach to content creation and delivery certainly makes me want to ask more questions about my distance learning courses. It seems to me that yours would be of higher quality than those created by one individual professor. http://www.sensationalsaver.com/2012/11/my-two-cents-worth-e-learning-courses.html

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  9. Tami says:

    Great info graphic!

  10. Eric Roth says:

    Thank you for providing this visual glimpse into a probable near future assignment. This infographic might just save me hours and perhaps even weeks of frustration. Bravo!

  11. Anna says:

    Where is the subject matter expert (SME) in your process?

    Also, just a note – in rapid eLearning development, the project manager, instructional designer and eLearning developer are the same person. Some are even talented in graphics, but that would probably not be the norm.

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  13. Shalini says:

    Design strategy is very important in creating effective eLearning. And LMS tools are important in evaluating eLearning effectiveness. Here is a webinar on Use of LMS Tools to Evaluate Learning Effectiveness. You may find helpful this. Have a look on it.


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  15. Cute infographic! I think your estimates are right on for standard courses based on my projects over the last several years. However, I do find that as courses become increasingly complex/customized with gaming elements – ya know, adding a lot of creativity – the numbers for can significantly increase for both the ID and engineering/development.
    -Catherine Davis, ID Practice Lead for SweetRush

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