I’ve always relied on templates, cheat sheets, and job aids to help me work faster and more efficiently.
When I wrote courses, I used cheat sheets that included writing snippets for course openings, introducing learning objectives, writing quiz feedback, and interviewing SMEs.
As a course developer, I relied on cheat sheets for Flash and Photoshop shortcut keys, screenshots of common slide and interaction layouts, browser-compatibility charts, and publish settings for audio and video files.
I get that topics like “templates” can be hot-button issues in our industry. But templates don’t have to be about gratuitous visual elements as much as guides to help you improve quality and consistency in your courses.
Challenge of the week
This week, your challenge is to share an instructional design cheat sheet, job aid, or reference document that you created.
You can share any type of guide you like and it can be static (image, checklist, PDF) or interactive (tabs, document, labeled graphic, quiz). If you share a document, we’ll add it to our Course Design Assets in the Downloads hub.
Instructional Design Resources
- Are You Asking These Questions to Build Effective E-Learning?
- Instructional System Design: The ADDIE Model A Handbook for Practitioners
- Instructional Design resources from the Rapid E-Learning Blog
- Adult Learning Theory and Principles
- Instructional Design Models
- Templates and Tools by Clark Quinn
- Instructional Design Learning Activities
- Instructional Design Tips That Really Pop
- 10 Things Instructional Designers Don’t Like to Hear
- Instructional Design Quizzes
- Storyboard Templates for E-Learning
Last week’s challenge:
Before you create your cheat sheets, check out the updated member profile pages from last week’s challenge:
Wishing you a template-tastic week, E-Learning Heroes!
New to the e-learning challenges?
The weekly challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.