The fundamentals of eLearning and Instructional Design

Rex Holiday
Last Update September 17, 2022
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About This Course

This course covers the basic skills of instructional design required to create successful eLearning content. While the focus will be on the type of content commonly developed for online learning, we will also explore how these same concepts can be applied to live in-person course formats.
In the final module, students will be guided through the process of building two mock course modules with two lessons per module. The module content will be based on a list of fictional scenarios.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will:
Have an understanding of learning theory and know how to apply it in your course content development.
Know how to apply the learning models of Bloom, Gagne, and Kirkpatrick in your course design.
Understand how to use the models of instructional design, such as ADDIE and SAM.
Understand what modalities of instruction are and how to determine which are best for specific types of learning content.
Know how to use learning management system (LMS) platforms.
Know the difference between an LMS platform and a course authoring tool.
Know how to use a course authoring tool.
Understand the difference between learning modalities and instructional modalities.
Know how to apply modalities to the design and development of learning content.

Material Includes

  • Certificate of completion

Target Audience

  • eLearning Developers
  • Instructional Designers
  • Curriculum Developers
  • Learning Experience Designers
  • K12 Instructors
  • University Professors
  • Curriculum Managers
  • Learning and Development Managers


21 Lessons4h 30m

Why eLearning and Instructional Design?

In this module, we'll define the terms and learn the importance of using eLearning and instructional design skills when developing course content.
What is eLearning?0:36
What is Instructional Design?0:56
Who Uses eLearning and Instructional Design?1:07
The Past, Present and Future of eLearning and Instructional Design2:13
The Career Paths of eLearning and Instructional Design1:20
Check your eLearning and instructional design IQ.

Learning Theories

While there are dozens of established learning theories, most instructional designers and eLearning developers focus on the followings: Adult Learning Theory Cognitive Load Theory Experiential Learning Situated Learning Theory Understanding these four theories will provide any instructional designer and eLearning developer with a rich source of knowledge to guide the creation of course content.

Learning Models

In this module, you'll learn about the three most commonly used learning models: Bloom's Taxonomy Gagne's Nine Levels of Learning Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Evaluation You will also learn how to apply these learning models to your course design and course content.

Instructional Design Models

In this module, you'll learn how to use learning management systems (LMS) and course authoring tools.

Tools of the Trade

In this module, you'll learn what instructional design models are and how to use them for the development of learning content.

The Modalities

Building eLearning Content

For the best learning outcomes, it is very important that the learning content is relevant to the audience. In this module, we will use scenarios to help guide learning content creation. We will work through scenarios of the various instructional modalities and targeted learners in order to determine how the design and development of the content will look.

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Rex Holiday

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Rex earned his Ph.D. in eLearning and Educational Leadership from Trident University International.  He also has an MA degree in English/Creative Writing from Sacramento State University, and BA in Organizational Communication from California State University, Stanislaus. His professional background includes senior curriculum manager, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and copywriter. He consults as head of instructional design and instructional design project director.
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