Design Standards for e-Learning

Oct 24, 2016

Does anyone know if there are standards for interactivity when designing E-Learning such as for every X number of slides, there should be interactivity or a knowledge check?

I have seen similar standards for creating Instructor-led courses but I have not been able to locate any for E-Learning.



5 Replies
Tom Kuhlmann

It kind of depends on your content. If it's a simple compliance course, then it's probably not important to quiz throughout.

Generally, I'd chunk the content and then do quick knowledge checks around applying the new content in the chunks. And with each module try to build on the previous content.

I'd also focus on practical application more so than simple quiz question. But again, it depends on the content, objectives, and where the content has real world application.


David Anderson

Hi Kim - Here's another good resource for ways you can use interactions to help learners connect with your content:

It plays off Tom's point around focusing on practical application. Meaningful interactions that mimic real-world actions are a great way to blend assessment with practice. They can serve as both quiz and content slides in your courses.

Jacquelyn Edwards

Hi Kim

I completely agree with Tom - chunk the content and perform knowledge checks or preferably, practical application. I find with e-learning vs instructor lead training the level of interactivity you need to request of your learner increases dramatically. In a room of people you can continue with content without interruption if you feel you have learner attention but you cannot gauge attention levels online. If you have clearly defined learning outcomes:

Learning Outcome Overview - Content - Practical Application or Quick Check with feedback - Repeat for each Learning Outcome

Then if necessary, perform a final assessment piece with a passing grade. If you find you have quite a lot of content for a particular learning outcome then perhaps reevaluate whether the LO has multiple facets and can be broken down again. 

Of course bearing in mind your clients needs - some still prefer content heavy modules with a separate assessment module! 

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