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CDC’s E‑learning Essentials and its online companion, E‑learning Essentials Interactive, are designed for course developers and training decision makers who may be new to e‑learning. These e‑learning tools identify six components essential to quality e‑learning and explain how to use them to engage learners in the most effective ways.
Instructional designers and e‑learning developers from across CDC are among the subject matter experts consulted for the development of these tools.
The chart below summarizes each component. Select a component in the left column to go to that section within the pdf version of CDC’s E‑learning Essentials.
E‑learning products are based on results of analyses that identify target audiences and inform their needs by focusing on
E‑learning products facilitate learning by applying interactive strategies that engage learners and stimulate recall of prior knowledge. Different levels of interactivity can be used to suit the content and audience needs. All interactions work within the organization's web architecture and meet the organization's accessibility requirements, such as Section 508.
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E‑learning interface is learner‑friendly with a main menu and other navigational elements that help learners know where they are within the course and move easily through it.
E‑learning content is accurate and reading level is appropriate for the audience. Information is succinct, logical, and clearly divided through the effective use of color, graphics, borders, and white space. All screen elements adhere to organizational guidelines for digital media.
E‑learning products undergo formative and summative evaluations to ensure that learning strategies are effective and long lasting.
E‑learning products include an assessment that can be completed by all learners. This assessment determines the product's impact on intended learning outcomes.