Instructional designers have many tools to make their courses more entertaining and engaging, like video, audio, image editing, interactivity, and more. However, instead of randomly creating courses using any/all of these tools, or packing new tools into a module just because they seem trendy or expected, course developers must follow sound instructional design principles to make their eLearning truly effective.
Here are a few instructional design best practices to keep in mind when building your next course.
Begin with a Clear Course Syllabus / Content Outline
A good first step is to meet with the course sponsor and agree upon a comprehensive course syllabus / outline.