E Learning Design and Development Checklist

Designing Digitally


eLearning Design Checklist

Every learning designer wants to create courses that will resonate with the learners. Great designs are easy to create if you follow a few simple rules.

Here are a few points to keep in mind while drafting an e learning design and development checklist. This is just a basic checklist, as there is no one-size-fits-all list. Each course has different requirements. Learning designers will need to customize the checklist depending on the relevant course.

Instructional design

  • Analyze training needs.
  • Evaluate the target audience.
  • Draft learning objectives with measurable criteria.
  • Ensure content flow is smooth and is chunked logically.
  • Complete task analysis.
  • Write clear headings.


  • Ensure all questions are relevant and realistic.
  • Test scoring functionality and ensure the grading scale is appropriate.
  • Confirm every question has appropriate feedback.
  • Confirm new content is not presented in the assessments.
  • Make sure reasonable time is allowed for learners to answer the questions.

Visual design

Validate that:

  • Appearance is uniform.
  • Branding guidelines have been followed.
  • Color scheme is consistent.
  • Scrolling has been avoided.
  • Graphics signify important concepts.
  • Ample white space is on each screen.
  • Fonts are legible.

Text content

  • Use crisp language.
  • Replace long paragraphs with bulleted lists.
  • Check content for spelling and grammar errors.
  • Keep the tone consistent and culturally appropriate.
  • Have the content validated by the SME.
  • Present data accurately.
  • Make sure content is not plagiarized.


  • Use relevant and meaningful graphics.
  • Confirm usage rights for all graphics and photos.
  • Ensure images are of good quality.
  • Verify screenshots do not contain personal information.


  • Learners can identify the navigation path without difficulty.
  • The sequence is correct.
  • Hyperlinks are correctly linked.
  • Backward links are functional. 
  • Navigation icons have proper instructions. 


  • On-screen text summarizes the narration.
  • Closed captioning text is identical to the narration. 
  • Audio quality is clear and synced.
  • Learners can mute and pause the audio.
  • Optimize the video file sizes.
  • Confirm you have usage rights for all videos.


  • Identify software requirements.
  • Include an FAQ document and contact information. 
  • Confirm the course is viewable in all the required browsers.
  • Identify hardware requirements.
  • Test for bugs and errors.

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