If you have had to work with corporate branding and templates...

I am tasked with refreshing our corporate eLearning template and guides.  These are supplied to contractors who build courses for us after we do the instructional design.  They may also do the whole project start to finish.

My question is, as developers, what are some of the absolute must-have pieces of information you need in order to work successfully with a client, and equally as important, the PLEASE DON'T's. What are you asking for, what do you regularly have to clarify, what irritates you about client templates?

So far I have:

  • a style sheet for typography
  • our colour palette RGB codes
  • the full corporate branding manual
  • logos and other brand image files in .png format
  • concept and storyboard templates
  • a breakdown of our tech set up.

I didn't intend on making specific slide layouts, but if that is helpful, I can just make the ones that matter most.  I am also going to meet with our brand team to discuss how digital learning fits in the grand scheme of things, as the huge brand manual is very much print/website focused.

Any feedback is much appreciated.

5 Replies
Nicole Legault

Hi there Stacey!

That's a great topic thanks for bringing it up here in the community! Sounds like you're on the right path..

something else you might want to consider is writing, voice, tone, style guidelines in terms of the company voice.

You might also want to incorporate some instructions about how much interactivity to include, or something along those lines. I've worked with some course creators who built entire lessons without a stitch of interactivity or engagement, and I found that to be a bit problematic.

I think it definitely helps to have a few examples of completed e-learning modules to show the level / standard that you want materials and courses to be at. It also provides something for the others to emulate, aspire to. 

Hope this helps. Can't wait to hear what others from the community will contribute here!

HMS Smith

Look at some design ideas on Powerpoint Designer for templates. I found some really good suggestions for a few templates. 

Interactivity is also very important for example drag and drop were a big hit a few years ago but now many companies are focused on accessibility requirements and that type of interactivity isn't as popular with the audience.  

Branching scenarios are always a good idea with job training so creating branding templates with different scenes could be an important guide for the course developers. 

Stacey La Hack

It might be a topic for it's own thread, but I'd love to see some different examples of how people are replacing drag and drops with alternative activities. Our org has an issue with them not working on different machines anyway so we try to stay away from them for the most part. 

I'm sure it just requires some time, creative thinking and experimentation. Thank you for your suggestions.

Jerson  Campos

What I've done as an alternative to Drag and Drops (due to the original design not fitting) was convert it to a freeform slide.  I then used the mutliple choice slide and would set it up something like this.

Had to blur it because of proprietary issues, but I hope you understand what I'm trying to say. Also, you have to remember to create button sets for each checkbox in the same row.