About this Course

Tech Type Premium
Duration 5 Days

This programme will help L&D professionals, with experience of designing or developing other forms of adult learning, to apply their skills to designing bite-sized elearning modules. It includes how to add the important human element into online learning and how to create stimulating, engaging and effective content.

To ensure skills remain current, we recommend reassessment by either a Certified Internal Assessor from within a delegate’s organisation or through submission of a design which will be assessed against the TAP e Learning Design criteria. 

Benefits to the delegate

  • Apply the six stages of the development process for elearning
  • Design effective and engaging elearning materials through storytelling and scenarios
  • Experiment with an authoring tool 

Benefits to the organisation

  • Capability to create bite-sized elearning objects that can be accessed 'on demand' and reused as appropriate
  • Reduces training development times through the use of prototype and review storyboards
  • Enables internal creation and maintenance of elearning content rather than external resourcing
  • Facilitates informed evaluation of elearning tools for efficient procurement

TAP Certifications

Due to their unique range and scope, TAP Qualifications provide individuals and organisations with a means to develop a career pathway based on achieving Certification of Learning and Development skills.

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Tutor Support

Programme outline

This comprises scheduled live online sessions and self-paced tasks each week. Delegates will need to commit 4-5 hours of study per week and attend the tutor-led online sessions. An individual system check will be carried out to ensure each delegate is able to access WebEx for the live online sessions and the course website.

  • Week 1 – Tutor-led online session: ‘Creating Engaging eLearning’ (1 hour) and self-paced activities including contributing to an online forum, reading and project work
  • Week 2 – Tutor-led online session: ‘Creative Learning and Visual Design’ (1 hour) and self-paced activities including working on a scenario and project work
  • Week 3 – Tutor-led online session: ‘Storyboarding’ (1 hour) and project work creating a storyboard
  • Week 4 – Tutor-led online session: ‘Getting Started with eLearning tools’ (1 hour) and project work using an authoring tool
  • Week 5 – Submission of the project work for assessment and participation in the ‘Implementation and Evaluation’ session (45 minutes) to celebrate success with the group and tutor

Delegates will learn how to

  • Create a detailed storyboard for an elearning object to meet the TAP eLearning Design Profile
  • Experiment with an authoring tool to produce three slides of a storyboard
  • Upload a project to the course online forum for peer review

Leading to the TAP Certificate in eLearning Design


1. Understanding the principles of elearning design

  • Understanding the six-stage development process for elearning
  • Identifying the differences between e-information and elearning
  • Planning how elearning will be supported in the organisation

2. Analysis stage

  • Understanding the audience, the training need and the practical constraints
  • Writing learning objectives and planning assessments
  • Selecting learning methods and media options for the optimum blended solution

3. Design stage

  • Creating an overview of the design, highlighting key decisions for the project
  • Breaking down the content into learning objects, designing the menu structure, navigation and interface
  • Following the five stages of the learning process
  • Designing activities to hold students' attention and enabling practise of new skills
  • Selecting the media elements that are appropriate for the training need such as text, voice-over, video
  • Understanding the basics of visual design, selecting relevant graphic and fonts
  • Creating a design document to include scope, objectives, resources and technical specifications for sign off

4. Storyboarding stage

  • Creating a storyboard using Word or PowerPoint to include all the onscreen text, instructions, explanations, questions and supportive feedback
  • Writing a clear introduction to include objectives, timings, setting expectations and student motivation
  • Ensuring there is a balance of informational and interactive pages
  • Using a range of question techniques and templates such as multiple choice, true/false, sequencing, etc
  • Describing images, animation, video and programming instructions
  • Writing voice-over scripts and providing clear guidance on navigation
  • Including practice or recap to enable students to self-check progress
  • Providing details of the assessment process and deciding whether this will be online or offline
  • Including a ‘next steps’ page with additional links, contact details and any follow up

5. Developing stage

  • Familiarising with available authoring tools, evaluating these to enable informed recommendations
  • Transferring the storyboard into the selected authoring tool and selecting a navigation bar
  • Sourcing and/or creating the media elements, recognising copyright and intellectual property rights
  • Publishing the project ready for distribution via CD, email or learning management system
  • Arranging resources and time for alpha and beta testing and review of the materials

6. Implementation stage

  • Understanding what to consider at the implementation stage eg promoting the course, registering students, technical and content support, possible barriers, monitoring progress etc

7. Evaluation stage

  • Understanding the reasons for evaluation and familiarity with the Kirkpatrick Model
  • Considering how elearning and blended solutions can be evaluated

8. Understand the importance of quality assurance

  • Using style guides, templates to ensure consistency
  • Piloting the elearning materials to an appropriate audience
  • Maintaining the elearning content to ensure accuracy

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