3 Key Steps to a Successful eLearning Course [Infographic]

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An eLearning course is a great way to communicate instructional information, but how do you know if the learner is getting the value out of the material that you intended? To get the most out of your development plan, you must start by understanding your audience and how to effectively communicate with them.

This infographic identifies three key steps to designing an eLearning course that not only reaches, but also resonates with your target audience.

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Instructional Design: 3 Key Steps to a Successful eLearning Course


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Instructional Design: 3 Key Steps to a Successful eLearning Course

Instructional design is the backbone of any successful training course.

The systematic development of instruction affects how well your audience comprehends and retains the material. Understanding the learners and determining the most effective way to transfer information to them is crucial to getting the most out of your training investment.

This brief outlines the 3 steps in the course building cycle that should be considered closely when selecting the instructional design best fit for your learning objectives.

Analysis & Outline

  • Analyze learner audience characteristics and organizational needs and validate against the requirements and training needs identified
  • Perform a task analysis to identify the facts, concepts, principles, and skills required for effective performance and to identify related content resources that can be used for design
  • Once content gaps and queries have been validated and resolved, create the learning objectives, content structure, and outline
  • The content outline is required to finalize the course objectives and the course structure (module and learning object titles)

Design Document

  • Based on the approved content outline, create a design document that outlines the instructional strategy at the module/chapter/topic levels
  • Any content gaps identified will be discussed with the Subject Matter Experts
  • Finalize the instructional and visual strategy that will be followed for the course at the module/learning object levels


  • Develop storyboards, which define exact, step-by-step details of individual screen and media creation for every topic.
  • Storyboarding and technical writing is performed by instructional/technical writers with the following responsibilities:
    • Define writing strategy/tone
    • Give input during creation of the functional design specification
    • Define templates for storyboarding
    • Create and update writing guidelines and checklists; drive quality and consistency
    • Create storyboards
    • Collaborate with the ID/Lead Graphic Designer to visualize content
    • Review storyboards for content validity and language integrity
    • Analyze feedback and update storyboards

eLearning Course Development Process

Lionbridge has expertise in the full range of structural design planning, development, QA and deployment. Our approach integrates seamlessly into your course development flow with services and resources for any or all steps of the process — from analysis to globalization.

Determine Learning Objectives & Tests

  • Knowledge
  • Comprehension
  • Application
  • Analysis
  • Synthesis
  • Evaluation

Identify Content Types

  • Facts
  • Concepts
  • Procedures
  • Processes
  • Principles

Identify Essential Content Definitions

  • Steps
  • Decisions
  • Examples/
  • Non-Examples
  • Rules & Consequences

Choose Instructional Strategy

  • Expository/Exploratory
  • Progressive Disclosure
  • Self Discovery
  • Case Studies
  • Simulated Dialogs

Create Storyboards

Create Storyboards using the chosen instructional modes and strategies.

Determine Localization Objectives

Ensure development plan accommodates target-culture social, demographic and technical preferences

For eLearning content development consultation or additional resources, visit us at: info.lionbridge.com/Training-Development

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