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CDC's E-learning Essentials (PDF)

CDC Learning Connection

CDC Learning Connection: Quality E-learning

Content Developer Style and Compliance Checklist (example)

Examples of Quality E-learning


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The eLearning Work Group


CDC’s E-learning Essentials and E-learning Essentials Interactive are designed to aid developers in creating quality e-learning by identifying and summarizing key instructional components, exploring why they are important, and determining how to use each component most effectively.


Neither of these tools provide step-by-step instructions for creating an e- learning product. Some experience in education, adult learning, or instructional design is recommended.


Authorities consulted during development of these tools include the Scientific Education and Professional Development Program Office (SEPDPO), Educational Design and Accreditation Branch (EDAB); CDC’s eLearning Workgroup (eLWG), and the recommendations at

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E-learning Essentials Interactive

Best practices for creating quality electronic learning

The E-learning Essentials Interactive illustrates the key instructional components of quality e- learning originally identified in CDC's E-learning Essentials. This guide provides best practices and annotated examples for each component.


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