12 eLearning Project Milestones to Include in Project Plan

The eLearning design and development process consists of multiple stages that may be confusing to those who are not regularly involved in eLearning production. This guide will identify the major project milestones you should include in your next eLearning development project plan.

See the list below or download this handout as a PDF file.

eLearning project milestones
  1. Kick-off meeting occurs
    At the kick-off meeting, the team members can meet each other, set expectations for the project, agree on communication mode and frequency, etc.

  2. The project plan is created
    The project plan should include major milestones, interim milestones, delivery schedules, review cycles, etc.

  3. The course outline is written
    It is important to write a course outline before starting the actual work on the project. A well-defined outline will serve as a guide for collecting and organizing the source materials, storyboarding, content writing, etc.

  4. Content is collected
    Before any design and development occur, you should prepare all the necessary content and knowledge base sources that will be used in the project.

  5. Content is storyboarded
    An eLearning storyboard is the blueprint of the course. It’s similar to a lesson plan, with the exception that a storyboard doesn’t describe only the learning base, but also all other materials that will be produced for the course.

  6. Course prototype is reviewed
    Before developing the complete course, it’s a good idea to produce a prototype to show how the course will work, what navigation features it will include, how the learning interactions will function, etc.

  7. Multimedia assets are produced
    A modern eLearning course will most certainly require diverse multimedia content that will aid in the presentation of the material. This includes images, illustrations, stock photography, videos, interviews, voice tracks, etc.

  8. Course is developed
    After producing the storyboard and multimedia assets, the content can be put together into a comprehensive eLearning course.

  9. Review and testing occur
    The finished course should be thoroughly tested and reviewed to ensure there are no issues with the product.

  10. Issues are addressed
    With any project, problems and issues can happen anywhere in the production cycle. It is important to ensure that such issues are addressed before the final delivery takes place.

  11. Final delivery occurs
    At this stage, the content is handed over to the stakeholders and project sponsors. In addition to the learning content itself, source files, editable documents, and source materials should be cataloged and archived for future reference if needed.

  12. Project debrief occurs
    After the project completion, the project team should conduct a formal debrief session to reflect on the process, evaluate outcomes, and come up with actionable changes to make on the next project.

Next step: determine the eLearning project cost to know what to expect and be able to budget properly.

Why is a course outline important?

It is important to write a course outline before starting the actual work on the project. It will serve as a guide for collecting and organizing the source materials, storyboarding, content writing, etc.

What is considered a blueprint of an eLearning course?

An eLearning storyboard is the blueprint of the course. It’s similar to a lesson plan, but it doesn’t describe only the learning base, but also all other materials that will be produced for the course.

What multimedia content should be added to a modern eLearning course?

A modern eLearning course requires diverse multimedia content such as images, illustrations, stock photography, videos, interviews, voice tracks, etc.

Why does the company need to review and test the finished course first before handing it over to the client?

The finished course should be thoroughly tested and reviewed to ensure there are no issues with the product. If any issues arise, it should be addressed first before the final delivery takes place.

What should be cataloged and archived before final delivery?

In addition to the learning content itself, source files, editable documents, and source materials should be cataloged and archived for future reference if needed.

eLearning Company Blog | October 27, 2019