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The Periodic Table of Instructional Design Elements to Amp Up Your eLearning Part 2 Blog Header


The long-awaited Part 2 of the Periodic Table of Instructional Design webinar series is here! Two of our instructional designers, Jenn and Misty, presented the Periodic Table of Instructional Design at eLBX 2018 and it was an incredibly popular session. Because the session generated so much discussion there, we decided to share it with everyone over a 2-part webinar series. You can watch Part 1 here.

In the second webinar, we covered the last 5 out of 10 instructional design elements that we think make the biggest difference in your project success. They are:


If the learner isn’t thinking, the learner isn’t learning. Design your course to that the learner has to THINK and APPLY to interact—not just click.

Jenn noted that this doesn’t have to be super elaborate, even a few simple reflection questions interspersed through the content can allow time for thought. You can tailor the complexity of questions depending on how much development time you have. She showed several “drag and drop” interaction examples that will make your learner think and provide feedback. Many attendees asked where they can get similar interactions. Check out all the “drag and drop” templates in our library. Each of our new Template Styles offers several different “drag and drop” templates.


Don’t let your course become routine, predictable, or repetitive in boring ways. Keep interest alive with diverse interactions and visuals.

For example, you might have 3 different drag and drop interactivities in a course, but they don’t all have to be the exact same layout and format. Jenn shared in drag and drop that the eLearning Brothers custom team created based on the classic board game Operation.


Drag and drop interaction example based on the board game Operation


Bad Visuals

89% of the webinar attendance agreed that visuals are a must-have for online training. Of course, having GOOD visuals is an even bigger must-have! Today’s audience is saturated with professional media. Learners know bad media when they see it, and it slashes your content’s credibility for the get-go. But putting together professional visuals is easier said than done….right?

In the webinar, Jenn suggested a few simple ways to turn your content into good visuals. If your course includes a lot of statistics and numbers, an infographic is a great way to make those numbers visually appealing. For building infographics, Jenn said she herself is often in the eLearning Brothers Icon Library, picking out icons to represent numbers and stats.

Incremental Sign-offs

For the last two elements, Jenn switched gears and focused a bit more on the project management side of developing eLearning. Jenn said, don’t work in secret and emerge with a finished product that might not align with your stakeholder’s vision. Find ways to get incremental feedback and signoff along the way.

Warm Hand-offs

To ensure nothing is missed as the project progresses, conduct warm hand-off meetings to walk key team members or stakeholders through progress and reviews. This means when you’re going from instructional designer to client, or ID to developer, and so on. The best way to do this is face-to-face in a real-time environment.


See Jenn’s examples and get more detailed tips on these five elements in the recording below:




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