Checklist to keep your e-learning modules up to date

09 Jan 2021 Lee Luong 0 Photography

As an e-learning designer, part of your job is to regularly proofread your e-learning modules to make sure they are up to date and still performing as expected. If you create many modules each year, this task can seem overwhelming. But think about it: if your modules are obsolete or, worse, if they no longer work, you will mainly waste time for the employees who follow them.

To make it easier for you, I've put together a list of things to check when you reread a module.

Obsolete information

This is the main reason why it is important to reread the modules regularly: things change! And when a rule or procedure is changed six months after the creation of a module, you don't always think about updating your module. Here are some things to look for during your proofreading:

  • Are there any references to events that have happened since?
  • Are there any references to products that are no longer on the market?
  • Are we talking about people who have since changed jobs or who have left the company (photos or text)?
  • Is all information on internal processes up to date?
  • Is all information on laws and regulations up to date?
  • Are the contact details (email addresses and phone numbers) always correct?

Obsolete visuals

Another point to check during proofreading concerns the visuals. Ask yourself, for example:

  • Is the graphic charter (logo, font, colors, etc.) up to date?
  • Do the screenshots show older versions of the software?
  • On images featuring employees, are outfits and logos up to date?

Technical issues

Technologies change and web pages disappear. Therefore, when you reread a course, it is important to look for items that might not work as expected. Here is a list of things to watch out for:

  • Are the modules loading correctly?
  • Are the links to the web pages still functional?
  • Do the buttons work?
  • Do the videos load and play correctly?

Errors in the content

You reread your module well when you created it, but sometimes, when you are very focused on the content, you can miss small spelling or semantic errors. So while you're re-reading everything, check out this stuff:

  • Are there any typos or misspellings?
  • Are there any capital letters or punctuation errors?
  • Is there any wrong information?
  • Is the content formatted the same throughout the course?

We hope that this checklist will help you to always have modules up to date and perfectly functional. If you have your own checklist, do not hesitate to tell me the elements which appear there and which I would have omitted to announce. And share your thoughts, tips and ideas in the comments below!

BY: Lee Luong

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