eLearning Essentials: Instructional Design Course

Is eLearning Essentials for You?

Are you an L&D Professional who wants to upskill in learning technology?


Do you want to take the first step in the development of your eLearning skill-set?


Do you want to learn the core fundamentals of effective eLearning design and development?


Are you responsible for creating training material within your organisation? 


Would you like to learn how to use the latest learning technology applications to create engaging eLearning content in a supportive environment?


Do you need to upskill a team or group? Ask about our in-house programme options that may work for you. 



Course Overview 

Harvest partner with Newcastle University's Centre for Executive and Professional Development to deliver their established and internationally recognised elearning Essentials training course. 

This fast track accreditation elearning course will help you develop the core skills involved in the design, development, assessment and evaluation of effective elearning solutions in a range of services and sectors, while gaining a validated professional certificate in elearning.

The eLearning Essentials course is delivered through Flex Labs, our digital learning partners. Learn more about how Flex Labs can help you create independence in digital learning design here.  

Have you have completed this course? Do you already have extensive experience in eLearning instructional design and development? Do you want to create innovative learning experiences using the latest digital trends? View our Advanced Digital Learning Design Programme today



Do I need to have any experience in eLearning prior to this course?
Not at all. The eLearning Essentials course is designed for those who have no experience in eLearning, and for those who have limited experience but no formal training in design and development. 

How long is the course and I how much homework will I have?
The course is three classroom-based workshops spread over three weeks. You will be working on an eLearning design & development group-based project during the course and the majority of work for your project will take place in the classroom. You won't have extensive work to do outside of the classroom, however additional materials and supporting resources will be made available to you to access in your own time. 

Does this course include eLearning tools training?
Yes, you'll be getting hands-on experience with Articulate Storyline - one of the most popular eAuthoring tools on the market. We will also demonstrate a range of additional eLearning tools available to you and explain when and how you can use these in your projects. 

Will I get a cert after completing this course?
Yes, upon completion of the course you will be awarded a Professional Development Certificate in eLearning.


What is eLearning Essentials?


Course Outcomes

At the end of this instructional design elearning you will be able to:

Design elearning – Unit 1

Employ a practical, problem-solving approach to designing pedagogically aligned elearning across diverse levels of learning. 

Develop elearning  - Unit 2

Structured hands-on development of real world elearning using proven techniques to engage, stimulate and challenge learners. 

Assess elearning – Unit 3

Learn how to constructively align assessment into your elearning design to produce authentic, realistic assessments. 

Evaluate elearning  - Unit 4 

Build a well-structured evaluation framework to monitor your elearning projects, adapt to the learner's needs and deliver the best experience 

Course Structure

The instructional design elearning course is modular in design, made up of four specialist units. The following learning interventions will be used on the programme.

3 classroom based workshops -  these intensive  skills based workshop practice comprehensive techniques and methodologies to enable you to confidently design, develop, assess and evaluate pedagogically effective elearning.

Access to Online Resources - Participants will also have online access to a full range of course materials and learning aids through Harvest’s Learning Hub.

Live Virtual Classroom Session - Participants will have the option of participating in a number of online learning sessions to give you an opportunity to experience the process in action.

Course Details

*Funding and Group Discounts Available  

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Course Accreditation

Digital Learning Design Essentials is recognised by Newcastle University's Centre for Executive and Professional Development.

The programme is certified through the CPD accreditation institution in the UK. Upon successful completion of the programme, participants will be awarded a Professional Development Certificate in eLearning.


About the Facilitator

eLearning Essentials is delivered by John Kilroy from The Technology team.  Read more about John here.


“Thoroughly enjoyed the eLearning essentials course. Was great to take a step away from the computer for a few days and listen to other people’s perspective and experiences on eLearning design and development. The course was facilitated in an open-minded and engaging manner and the trainer (Eve) was very patient. Plenty of food for thought for future eLearning development.”  

-Shane Burke, HRD Training Partner – eLearning, Citco Fund Services (Ireland) Limited