eLearning Designs for Non-eLearning Projects

eLearning designIn two recent posts, I wrote about the pitfalls of repetition and how form follows function when it comes to eLearning design. For this post, I want to step away from the authoring software and talk about how eLearning courses can be integrated into other projects that aren’t just stand alone eLearning courses. I have written in the past about how eLearning projects can differentiate from standard online courses, but this post is more about integrating eLearning components into other projects. Let’s take a closer look at how we can accomplish this.

Large Video Projects

When a large video project is being developed, there are some ways to integrate eLearning elements into the project if the project calls for it. By offering an eLearning “shell” around the video project, we can include many things to enhance the video project. We can provide links to resources programmed to appear at a certain time in the video. We could also add a quiz at the end of the video, and an introduction that sets the tone for the video. The possibilities are quite varied and all add an additional benefit to the video project.


When we think of giving a presentation we often think of PowerPoint. Using an eLearning course to enhance your presentation is a great way to set yourself apart from the rest. You can use buttons, layers, and variables to provide multiple sections of information on the same screen without flipping back and forth through a linear slide deck. This also is a great way to gather all of your resources, links, and videos in one spot that you want to use. By projecting the eLearning course to your audience, you can easily demonstrate examples and even ask an audience member what they are interested in hearing about next!

Information Libraries

Do you have a lot of information that you need to display at the same time? Want to catalogue all your information alphabetically, or by date? Maybe you want to give the choice to the user? By using eLearning development software to help design an interactive information library, you can store and catalogue important information all in one place. This can be helpful when you’re in need of an organizer for videos, text, images, web-links, or documents. The great thing about using an eLearning tool is how customizable you can make it. Sure you could organize your information with windows folders, but depending upon your needs you might want to brand or stylize the organizer—or design the organizer in a way that you can’t with a folder structure.

These are just a few examples of how eLearning courses can be developed to help outside their original purpose. Just because eLearning courses are designed to do something specific, doesn’t mean we can’t be creative and find new ways to use them.

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Justin Venters is an e-learning specialist at the Center for Professional Studies. He develops creative e-learning solutions for clients and consults on online course development, graphic design, script writing, and instructional design. Justin's posts focus on e-learning trends and non-traditional solutions.