Design eLearning That Gets Results & Doesn’t Suck!


The eLearning Designer's Masterclass

Learn how to apply industry-recognized instructional design techniques and methodologies to design eLearning that gets results.

Grow Your Skills

Get the practical, real-world skills and techniques used by best-in-class eLearning designers.

Elevate Your Career

Land your next eLearning job or get promoted with the skills top employers and clients are looking for.

Make More Money

Demand more money or higher rates with the skills that will make you top competitor within the industry.


Grow the Skills that Will Get You Hired

Learn a step-by-step process for designing eLearning courses that get results and help your learners do their job. After taking this course, you’ll be able to confidently manage your eLearning projects, collaborate with your stakeholders and subject matter experts, and use industry-recognized instructional design models to craft eLearning experiences that focuses on delivering results.

Step-by-Step Process

Learn how to design instructionally-sound eLearning with hours of self-paced video content.

Ready-to-Use Templates

Get access to downloadable and reuseable templates for every step of the instructional design process.

Expert Feedback & Support

Elevate your eLearning instructional design skills with feedback and support from your facilitator, Tim Slade.

Learn From 10+ Years of Real-World Expertise

For over a decade, Tim Slade has worked to design and develop eLearning for some of the largest companies and brands, including Kohl’s Department Stores, GoDaddy, PetSmart, and many more. In this online course, you’ll learn from his years of practical, real-world expertise.

What You’ll Learn

Learn at Your Own Pace

Don’t stress about course start or end dates. Complete the course at your own pace, with hours of high-quality video lessons, case studies, discussions, and activities.

Pay Once & Learn Forever

Forget about confusing subscriptions, unexpected payments, or expiration dates. You’ll get lifetime access to the course content and to the exclusive online community, where you can connect with me and your fellow eLearning designers.

Showcase Your Skills

Make sure potential employers or clients see your new skills. After completing this course, you’ll receive a completion certificate, which you can print or share on your LinkedIn profile.

01: Introduction

  • Welcome (2:33)
  • No One Dreams of Becoming an eLearning Designer (3:53)
  • Why Most eLearning Fails & Sucks (6:47)

02: What is eLearning?

  • What is eLearning? (2:23)
  • Types of eLearning (2:26)
  • Benefits of eLearning (2:29)
  • How is eLearning Designed & Developed? (2:16)
  • eLearning Development is More Complex (1:45)
  • ADDIE vs. SAM (2:39)
  • Chapter Summary (0:27)

03: How People Learn

  • How Does Learning Occur? (3:07)
  • How Do Adults Learn? (1:27)
  • Malcolm Knowles’ Principles of Adult Learning (3:14)
  • Merrill’s Principles of Instruction (2:03)
  • Chapter Summary (0:40)

04: Determine the Problem

  • When is Training the Answer? (2:03)
  • What Causes a Lack of Performance? (2:24)
  • What Can Training Fix? (1:26)
  • Conduct a Needs Analysis (2:05)
  • How Do You Conduct a Needs Analysis? (3:30)
  • Chapter Summary (0:24)

05: Plan the Project

  • Plan the Project (0:55)
  • Conduct a Kickoff Meeting (2:59)
  • Invite the Right People (2:13)
  • Ask the Right Questions (2:02)
  • Align on Expectations (3:41)
  • Create a Project Plan (3:04)
  • Create a Project Timeline (3:43)
  • Chapter Summary (0:22)

06: Design a Learning Solution

  • Design a Learning Solution (1:25)
  • What is Design? (1:18)
  • Collect the Learning Content (3:30)
  • Remove Nice-to-Know Information (1:38)
  • Determine the Training Modalities (2:53)
  • Design a Blended Training Solution (2:08)
  • The Forgetting Curve (1:34)
  • Create a Design Document (1:45)
  • Chapter Summary (0:32)

07: Draft a Storyboard

  • Draft a Storyboard (1:28)
  • What is a Storyboard? (2:08)
  • Create a Course Outline (2:15)
  • Select a Storyboard Format (1:14)
  • Written vs. Visual Storyboards (2:03)
  • Write the First Draft (2:38)
  • Review & Edit Your Storyboard (3:26)
  • Chapter Summary (0:24)

08: Develop the Course

  • Develop the Course (1:22)
  • Select an eLearning Authoring Tool (3:24)
  • Develop a Prototype (2:04)
  • Select a Prototype Format (3:54)
  • Review, Revise & Repeat (2:00)
  • Chapter Summary (0:26)

09: Incorporate Interactivity

  • Incorporate Interactivity (2:41)
  • What are the Benefits of Interactivity? (1:41)
  • Considerations for Creating Interactivity (3:11)
  • Types of Interactivity (2:27)
  • Click-to-Reveal Interactions (2:16)
  • Decision-Based Interactions (1:42)
  • Chapter Summary (0:26)

10: Increase Learning Retention

  • Increase Learning Retention (1:08)
  • Do You Remember How Learning Occurs? (2:23)
  • John Sweller’s Cognitive Load Theory (2:56)
  • How Can Cognitive Overload Be Reduced? (1:20)
  • Structure Content Into Smaller, Bite-Sized Chunks (1:30)
  • Design Slides to Be Visually Engaging (1:15)
  • Show the Concepts You’re Trying to Teach (1:06)
  • Design an Intuitive User Interface (1:23)
  • Chapter Summary (0:28)

11: Launch & Measure Your Course

  • Launch & Measure Your Course (1:11)
  • Conduct a Quality Assurance Check (2:51)
  • Deliver Your Course (1:37)
  • Measure the Effectiveness of Your Course (5:01)
  • Conduct a Project Retrospective (2:12)
  • Chapter Summary (0:28)

12: Next Steps

  • Keep Going! (5:43)
Jacquelin HutchinsoneLearning Designer & Developer

Tim provides a comprehensive, yet easy-to-follow overview of Storyline and helps the new developer learn the key components to a well developed course. It's well-organized and new developers can work along with an excellent sample project, helping speed them on to eLearning success. This is an excellent resource to get comfortable enough to start your first project.

Emmanuel BarnesSr. Instructional System Designer

Although I’ve worked in Instructional Design for over 15 years, this online course was very helpful in help me understand how that experience translates to the world of eLearning. Very helpful and a quality resource to start my eLearning journey.

Jordon MurrayLearning Technology Specialist

I used to be so intimidated by using Variables. I was never really sure how they worked or why I should be using them in the first place. Tim does an excellent job explaining the purpose of variables and how/when to use them. If you're looking to take your Articulate Storyline skills to the next level, this course will do it!

Jennifer TullyLearning & Design Specialist

As someone changing careers and looking to transition into eLearning and instructional design, I found this course very valuable. It gave me just what I was seeking - a comprehensive understanding of the entire design and development process from start to finish. Thanks, Tim, for providing me with this much-needed guidance and insight.

Melissa MooreeLearning Developer

After reading Tim's book, I went ahead and purchased his online course. Although I've been working as an eLearning designer for several years, this course help to remind that there's still a lot I can learn! I really like the way this course outlines the steps for planning your eLearning project. This is a step that is often forgetting.

Jeanne PerroneEducational Consultant

As someone who is very new to Storyline, I was a bit nervous that I would not be able to follow along. The style of this course made me feel comfortable. I was able to work at my own pace. I look forward to learning more about Storyline and checking out other courses here in The eLearning Designer’s Academy.

Cheryl HopkinsSr. Learning Experience Designer

I just started a new job and my boss enrolled me in this course. I just finished it and I love the way it outlines the eLearning process from beginning to end. I also really enjoyed all of the advice Tim provides on working with SMEs.

Susan RookerAcademic Admin. Assistant

Tim walks the designer through the first steps of creating an eLearning course with Articulate Storyline. He often references PowerPoint, so if the designer has even a foundational knowledge of PowerPoint, they will have no problem understanding. The easy-to-download storyboard and practice files included in this course strongly support the instruction.

Ryan ReidInstructional Designer & Developer

I really liked the real-world examples and practice activities Tim uses to teach variables and conditions in Storyline. Tim was also very personable and funny. It felt like he was sitting right next to me.

Katee EstrasaLearning & Development Specialist

We just got Articulate installed at work, and we decided to use this course to learn how to use it. This course is very straightforward and focused on how to actually apply all of the different features.

Cath ElliseLearning Designer & Developer

As someone who obsesses over designing high end solutions, I feel a sense of relief that The eLearning Designer's Academy is out there, as some of the current products on the market are so poorly executed visually, I worry that the content is equally as bad. All the best and thank you for all you have done and continue to do for our industry.



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  • Bonus lifetime access to The Articulate Storyline Masterclass online course (a $700 value)
  • Full-color, printed copy of The eLearning Designer’s Handbook (a $43 value)
  • One, 1:1 coaching call with Tim Slade (a $350 value)



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  • Lifetime access to The eLearning Designer’s Masterclass online course and community
  • Save $100
  • Bonus lifetime access to The Articulate Storyline Masterclass online course (a $700 value)
  • Full-color, printed copy of The eLearning Designer’s Handbook (a $43 value)
  • One, 1:1 coaching call with Tim Slade (a $350 value)



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The eLearning Designer's Academy by Tim Slade
Meet Your Instructor

Tim Slade

Hi, I’m Tim Slade, and I’m a speaker, author, and award-winning freelance eLearning designer. Having spent the last decade working to help others elevate their eLearning and visual communications content, I have been recognized and awarded within the eLearning industry multiple times for my creative and innovative design aesthetics. I’m also a regular speaker at international eLearning conferences, a recognized Articulate Super Hero, author of The eLearning Designer’s Handbook and creator of The eLearning Designer’s Academy.

Frequently Asked Questions

I've never designed or developed eLearning before. Am I suitable for this course?

While it helps to have a general understanding of what eLearning is and how it’s used in training, it’s not required that you have any previous experience with eLearning development. This course walks you through the eLearning design and development process from beginning to end.

Do I need any special software to take this course?

While you don’t need anything special, at the very minimum you should have access to Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, or similar programs for the practice activities.

Will I be able to connect with the instructor and other students?

Yes! Once you enroll, you’ll be granted access to our exclusive online community, where you can connect with Tim Slade and your fellow students.

What makes your courses different from the others I see online?

Well, that’s an important question! Here the thing: there’s a lot of different eLearning and instructional design programs out there. What makes our eLearning courses different is that they’re actually based on the practical, real-world skills employers and clients are looking for when hiring an eLearning designer.

What happens if I start a course and I don't like it?

Not a problem! We offer a 7-day, no-questions-asked money-back guarantee. If the course isn’t right for you, let us know within that timeframe, and we’ll issue a refund. It’s that simple!

This seems like a big investment. Do you offer payment plans?

We sure do! Each of our courses offers a payment plan option. However, you can save some money when you pay upfront. Choose the option that works best for your financial situation.

How do the courses work? Will I be in a cohort with others?

All of our courses are designed to be completed at your own pace. There are no start dates or end dates. You get lifetime access to the course content and the exclusive online community, where you can connect with me and your fellow eLearning designers.

I'm already an eLearning designer. Will I benefit from these courses?

Absolutely! Whether you’re brand new to eLearning, or you’ve been working as an eLearning designer for years, our courses are chock-full of content that will help you elevate your skills and your career.

Will I receive a certificate after I complete a course?

Yep! Once you finish an online course, you will receive an electronic certificate of completion, which you can print or add to your LinkedIn profile.

I have more questions!

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