Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates of the fellowship?

The 2020 ELI Fellowship will be from January 13 to June 24, 2020. Program details will be provided to accepted candidates.

What will I create during the fellowship?

You will create a quick-learn module during the program (view product examplesexternal icon). A quick-learn focuses on a single learning objective, takes less than 20 minutes to complete, and is accessible on desktop computers and mobile devices.

At the end of the fellowship, participants are required to post the final product on TRAINexternal icon, a national learning network that provides quality training opportunities for professionals who protect and improve the public’s health. The course must be posted on national TRAIN or one of its affiliatesexternal icon (states, national organizations, educational institutions, or agencies such as CDC TRAIN) and be presented at the final showcase in Atlanta.

Will I learn how to use a particular authoring software (e.g., Lectora, Storyline, Captivate) during the fellowship?

No. Authoring tools are discussed, and mentors may have experience using some authoring tools, but skills training for particular tools is not offered. Learning an authoring tool during the fellowship is not recommended. The focus is on identifying and using best practices during e-learning development. You will learn universally applicable techniques for creating sound e-learning products, regardless of authoring platform.

Do I need to have authoring software or any other computer tools or equipment to participate?

Specific authoring software is not required. You should at a minimum have Microsoft PowerPoint and access to a web developer. You should also have a VoIP microphone for use during webinars.

Will I need to attend webinars or other learning activities during my workday?

Yes. The program consists of online course work, webinars, and group discussions. Webinars and group discussions are held during the workday, typically on Fridays at 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. You should expect to attend up to 7 webinars or group discussions.

Will I have to work on my project outside of normal work hours?

Yes. Design and development of an e-learning product requires considerable effort. In addition to allocating 2-3 hours per week during business hours, past fellows reported spending up to 10 hours of personal time per week once starting design and development of the product.

Am I expected to work with others, or will I complete a solo project?

You will be paired with a mentor or mentor pair to guide you during the fellowship; however, the responsibility for completing the project is yours. Mentors are experienced public health e-learning instructional designers or developers. Your mentor will work closely with you to enhance the learning experience and guide you as you develop a quality e-learning product. There are also opportunities to learn from other fellows through discussion boards and reviewing each other’s work in the collaborative environment.

Is there a cost to participate? An application fee?

There is no cost to apply or participate.

Is any travel required?

Yes. An in-person meeting and the final showcase will be held at CDC in Atlanta, Georgia. Travel and lodging arrangements will be paid for by the Public Health Foundationexternal icon (PHF).

Who sponsors the CDC E-learning Institute?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) organizes and leads ELI. The Public Health Foundation (PHF)external icon partners with CDC to support the marketing, evaluation, and organization of the final showcase in Atlanta.