THE ELEARNING DESIGNER'S ACADEMY

The eLearning Designer's Handbook

A practical guide to the eLearning development process for new eLearning designers.

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The eLearning Designer's Handbook by Tim Slade

eLearning Design & Development Made Easy

With The eLearning Designer’s Handbook, Tim Slade will show you that the eLearning development process doesn’t have to be as complicated as it might seem. If you’re new to eLearning, Tim will walk you through the complete eLearning design and development process, providing you practical tips and advice, based on his own experience working as an eLearning designer for over a decade.

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What’s New in the Second Edition?

The second edition of The eLearning Designer’s Handbook has been rewritten and redesigned from the ground up. You’ll get tips, more examples, and more of what made the first edition such a popular resource for eLearning designers of all skill levels.

3X More Content

Full Color Print

Real-World Examples

More Tools & Templates

With the second edition of The eLearning Designer's Handbook, Tim Slade does a masterful job breaking down the ins and outs of eLearning design in a straightforward and engaging way. From insights like, 'Your stakeholders think everything can be fixed with training. They're wrong,' to practical tips on every phase of eLearning design, Tim's easy writing style engages the reader from the first page. Tim knows first-hand the challenges that eLearning designers face, and in this book, he's created a useful resource that's valuable for both new and veteran eLearning designers alike.

Tony BinghamPresident & CEO at the Association for Talent Development

The second edition of The eLearning Designer's Handbook is invaluable for those new to the world of eLearning. It covers not only the skills today's eLearning designers need, but also the context required to apply those skills in the real world. Whether you studied instructional design in school or fell into the world of eLearning by accident, you will find this book full of practical tips that can help you accelerate your development as an eLearning designer.

David KellyExecutive Director at The Learning Guild

The second edition of The eLearning Designer's Handbook is a fantastic primer for those new to the field. It addresses instructional design fundamentals, eLearning development tools, and even gets into more advanced topics like needs analysis, prototyping, and evaluation. It walks you through everything you need to consider when building a course. Experienced designers will also appreciate this thoughtful refresher of the best practices we should all be doing every day!

Carla TorgersonDirector of Instructional Design at Bull City Learning

The second edition of The eLearning Designer's Handbook is as close to the experience of finding a great work mentor as you can get in book format! In it, Tim shares the essential eLearning design and development processes you'll want to know as you get started (including his insights on how things actually play out in the real world), all the while continually making sure you feel like you've got this! This book won't just help you survive your first eLearning projects: it'll help you feel confident you're taking all the right steps along the way.

Bianca WoodsSenior Manager of Programming at The Learning Guild

If you're new to the world of eLearning, there is an overwhelming body of knowledge available. The second edition of The eLearning Designer's Handbook offers useful information about instructional theories, principles, and models to support the creation of effective eLearning. With years of experience, Tim compiles the essentials and lays out an organized plan to begin your journey to become a successful eLearning designer and developer.

Kevin ThornCLEO at NuggetHead Studioz

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CHAPTER ONE

Why Most eLearning Fails

In this chapter, you’ll explore many of the common reasons why most eLearning fails (and sucks).

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CHAPTER TWO

What is eLearning?

In this chapter, you’ll explore a new, broader definition of eLearning and how it fits into the learning ecosystem.

CHAPTER THREE

How People Learn

In this chapter, you’ll explore how people learn, specifically adult learning theory and the principles of instruction.

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CHAPTER FOUR

Plan the Project

In this chapter, you’ll explore how to work with your stakeholders and subject matter experts to conduct a needs analysis and plan your eLearning project.

CHAPTER FIVE

Design a Learning Solution

In this chapter, you’ll explore how to conduct a kickoff meeting, how to work with your stakeholders, and how to create a project plan and timeline.

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CHAPTER SIX

Draft a Storyboard

In this chapter, you’ll explore how to outline your eLearning course and draft a development-ready storyboard.

CHAPTER SEVEN

Develop the Course

In this chapter, you’ll explore how to select an eLearning authoring tool and how to build a functional prototype of your course.

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CHAPTER EIGHT

Incorporate Interactivity

In this chapter, you’ll explore how to increase engagement and let your learners put their skills into practice by incorporating interactivity into your eLearning course.

CHAPTER NINE

Increase Learning Retention

In this chapter, you’ll explore how to reduce cognitive load and increase learning retention by using solid graphic design, visual design, and user interface design techniques.

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CHAPTER TEN

Launch & Measure Your Course

In this chapter, you’ll explore how to deliver your course to your learners and measure its effectiveness.

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