Revising Curricula

I published a series of articles about quality assurance (QA) developing educational programs. However, QA doesn’t end after a curriculum is put into production. To continuously improve the curriculum, you need to conduct periodic revisions. Even if a curriculum were error-free when it was launched—and this is a hypothetical scenario because it never is—it would […]

Creating a Test Plan for Elearning Development

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” is an old adage that applies to quality assurance (QA) in elearning development. For many elearning projects, QA amounts to testing the courseware after it’s developed with little forethought given to how the testing would be conducted. Subsequently, these projects often release courseware replete with […]

End-to-End Courseware Quality Assurance

Quality assurance (QA) is the testing activity performed after development of courseware is complete and before putting the courseware into production, right? Wrong! Done well, QA begins early in the development project and continues indefinitely while the courseware is in production. “Evaluation” is how ADDIE refers to QA and, as you can see in this […]

The Best Approach for Managing an Elearning Development Project

What is the best approach for managing an elearning development project? If you answered with your favorite project management approach, the approach your employer usually uses, the project management approach getting the most buzz in the trade rags, or ADDIE, you’re wrong. The correct answer is: it depends. An approach that would work well for […]

Validating Curriculum Documentation for Quality Assurance

Perhaps the most important aspect of quality assurance (QA) when developing courseware is to validate the curriculum’s documentation. This might seem challenging at first but it’s actually easier than it seems. I use a validation chain to validate curriculum documentation. The chain begins with the project charter. The first documentation created for most curriculum development […]