Instructional Design

When designing elearning courses, I mostly use the 5 stages of  the ADDIE Instructional Design model:


This stage involves me working with you to understand the learning outcomes of the module, target audience, style and format etc. Once all the requirements are clarified, I will then move to the design stage.


The structure diagram will give an overall guide to how many modules, chapters and sections will be required. This document will then form the basis for the content gathering of images, text, video & audio clips etc which will make up each chapter and section.

The storyboard will detail the text and images for each slide, as well as interactions for the learner and any audio scripts to be recorded. Content supplied is scrutinised to ensure it contributes to at least one of the learning outcomes, to avoid irrelevant content being included.


Once the storyboard is signed off, the elearning development can begin. Initially the Alpha version of the course is developed. This will be reviewed by the client, who will provide feedback.


After this the Beta version is produced which is the implementation of the changes requested. All being well the client will sign the project off as a Gold stage sign off, which is ready for release.


The evaluation on the effectiveness of the training and to measure changes in behavior in the workplace is normally done in-house by the client, usually using the Kirkpatrick model.

ADDIE Process

ADDIE Process


The brief

The requirement was develop a section in the elearning course on the values of scrap metals. The original information supplied was delivered as a plain PowerPoint slide. The slide showed the name of the metal and the value per tonne in a bulleted list.

I designed this information as a drag and drop interaction in Captivate, requiring the learner to test their knowledge of what they thought about the value of scrap metal.

Feedback comment:

“This is excellent – interactive and scenario based to attract info, using a range of different methods to interact to engender interest and avoid the usual click/click/click scenario you get with some computerised training. I am very impressed, it looks very professional – and I learned something too!”
Superintendent A.Evans, British Transport Police

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Modern authoring tools

I design and develop using modern, HTML5 responsive authoring tools, including Articulate Storyline 360 and Articulate Rise 360.

Storyline 360 is one of the popular authoring tools from Articulate, and is part of their 360 suite of applications for easily creating HTML5 elearning which works across all devices. The new responsive player dynamically adapts to tablet and smartphone screens, providing an optimal view of your course on every device.

Articulate Rise 360 is the new browser based authoring tool which allows the development of courses for every device. Rise automatically adapts courses. It’s responsive authoring the way it should be.

Simple review process

All projects developed in Storyline 360 or Articulate Rise 360 are shared with you via the Articulate Review platform. This enables you to see the product working and you can feedback review comments with a click of the mouse.

Watch the video below on how this review process works.