Digital Learning Design Programme

Short Course
Duration: 5 days   /   Level: General   /   Suitable for in-house

Gain an in-depth understanding of all aspects of the creation of digital learning content, including how to effectively analyse, design and develop digital learning initiatives.

We caught up with Clive Shepherd at this year's ACE to talk all things digital learning. Watch our short video.



Dates and Availability

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11 December 2017
Duration: 5 days
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£2,070.00 + VAT Book places now
19 February 2018
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11 June 2018
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15 October 2018
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Booking information and ways to pay

  1. At checkout you can either pay online using a credit/debit card, cheque or BACS transfer, or you can request to pay by invoice. The invoice option is only available for bookings where a UK company name and address has been provided at checkout.
  2. If you need to book more than four places on one date, please contact us on +44 (0) 20 8612 6202 or email us
  3. If you prefer to complete a paper booking form, you can download and print it here (PDF 128KB)
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We're experiencing rapid change in the way we learn and consume information, with traditional media becoming fast outdated...

...ensure you’re prepared with CIPD learning arm’s new five-day Digital Learning Design programme. Aimed at a wide-ranging audience, you’ll be provided with both the competence and the confidence you need to create engaging digital learning content.

Regardless of your organisation’s chosen learning strategy, digital learning content, in all it’s forms – from web pages to videos, PDFs to quizzes, slides to interactive scenarios, will play an ever increasing role, whether that’s in the classroom, on the job, on the move or at home.


Designed for learning professionals and subject specialists, the Digital Learning Design programme provides you with both the competence and the confidence to create engaging digital learning content. You’ll develop the skills you need to analyse learning requirements and audience characteristics, select the most appropriate forms of content, and then work individually or with a specialist.


Special Features

First-class tutors

The Digital Learning Design programme was written, developed and is delivered by one of the UK’s leading learning and development specialists, Clive Shepherd.

A real workshop

You will not be spend all your time exploring theory. This programme is highly practical to ensure you gain the confidence you need to further your learning independently.

Network with like-minded professionals from diverse backgrounds

This programme provides you with a unique opportunity to meet and share your experiences with like-minded professionals from a variety of organisations, helping you to develop ideas and solutions that you can use back at work.

Be inspired and enhance learning

Your learning will be enhanced through presentations and in-depth discussions, along with demonstrations of the skills and tools you’ll need. 

Practical and applicable

For your learning to work, it has to be relevant to your workplace. That’s why our programmes focus on providing you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to apply your learning back at work straight away. You’ll explore your own needs and issues, as well as share experiences, challenges and insights with other participants and your specialist tutor.


Please note: learners will need to bring their own laptops, and will need access to basic tools, i.e. a recent version of Microsoft Office, free or open source audio, video and picture editors (unless, of course, they own professional tools), plus an e-learning authoring tool – either one that their company uses or a recommended tool downloaded on a free, 30-day trial. For detailed information, please see 'Programme' section below or alternatively call our customer services team on +44 (0)20 8612 6202.

Run as it features here, or run in-house where the content can be tailored to suit your organisational needs; cost effective if a number of people require training. Call our in-house training team to discuss your particular requirements on +44 (0)20 8612 6202.

To successfully complete the programme, you must attend the five day, face to face workshop. You then have 8 weeks to submit an assessment which includes designing and developing digital content.

The duration of the programme is 9 weeks.

Please note this is a development programme and is not accredited.

Course Tutors

Mr Barry Sampson

Who is it for

This programme is ideal for you if you’re:


  •  a learning professional looking to improve your skills in the design and development of various forms of digital learning content
  • an existing designer and/or developer looking to formalise your understanding of the key principles of effective learning content design and of the processes of design and development
  • an existing designer and/or developer looking to broaden your skills to encompass a wider range of content types
  • a subject matter expert who wants to be able to create your own learning content or work effectively with others who will be doing this for you
  • a learning and development professional aiming to improve your understanding of the principles of effective learning content design and of the processes of design and development, so you can better manage these activities.


"This course is for anyone with an interest in helping others to learn. You may be a teacher, trainer, lecturer or coach. You may be a subject expert with knowledge you want to share. You may already be a creator of learning content, looking to update your skills. Whatever your interest, this course will help you to design learning materials that really make a difference." - Clive Shepherd, Lead Tutor


On completion of the programme, you’ll be able to:


  • work effectively with a project sponsor to determine the learning requirements, the characteristics of the target population and the logistical constraints.
  • determine whether digital learning content will add value, the form(s) that this content should take, and the skills, tools, time and budget required to design and develop the content; and
  • communicate a clear, logical and concise proposal to the project sponsor outlining all of the above;
  • establish a design and development process that will deliver the content to the required standard within budget and timeframe, ensuring adequate provision for inevitable changes in the light of new information, shifting business needs, developing ideas and learner feedback.
  • work with subject expert(s) to determine the technical content that needs to be covered, but without surrendering the initiative in terms of design, and always with the needs of the learner in mind.
  • provide an approved proposal for digital learning content and, in consultation with other specialists, where necessary, develop a design for the content that clearly describes the end product in terms of learning objectives, learning strategies, structure, use of media, technical format, scope/scale and other information needed by the project sponsor and other stakeholders to progress with the development of the content.
  • write clearly and concisely for screen and voiceover.
  • create or source suitable imagery (photos, illustrations, diagrams) and perform whatever simple edits are required to suit the intended purpose.
  • record audio to a high quality and perform simple edits to this audio.
  • describe the conditions necessary for successful shooting of video material.
  • create a screencast that clearly explains the use of a software application or website.
  • effectively combine text, images and other media elements to create slide shows, web pages and PDFs that conform to established design principles.
  • effectively integrate interactivity into multimedia materials in order to create tutorials and scenarios that conform to established design principles and deliver on their learning objectives.
  • write test items that validly and reliably test the achievement of specific learning objectives.


But that’s not all! Every course will provide you with a host of opportunities to develop new skills, gain valuable insights and share experiences with other participants. 




AM 09.30 - 12.30

  • Welcome and introductions / overview of the week
  • Practical exercise: Analysing the requirement
  • Session: Analysing the requirement
  • Group practical assignment 1: Create a slide show to communicate using primarily pictures

PM 13.15 - 17.00

  • Review practical assignment 1
  • Session: The power of pictures, including practical exercises
  • Group practical assignment 2: Create a PDF or web article (initial planning only)
  • Spend a short time checking out your chosen audio editing tool (Audacity or similar)


AM 09.30 - 12.30

  • Session: Writing for the screen and for voice
  • Finalise practical assignment 2 and review
  • Practical workshop: Recording and editing audio

PM 13.15 - 17.00

  • Group practical assignment 3: Create a podcast
  • Review practical assignment 3
  • Group practical assignment 4: Create an explainer video (initial planning only)
  • Evening: Spend a short time checking out your chosen video editing tool


AM 09.30 - 12.30

  • Session:Strategies for working with subject matter experts
  • Finalise practical assignment 4 and review

PM 13.15 - 17.00

  • Practical workshop: Shooting and editing video
  • Group practical assignment 5: Create a video (initial work only)
  • Evening: Spend a short time checking out your chosen e-learning development tool (if you are using one)


AM 09.30 - 12.30

  • Session: The overall process of design and development
  • Continue group assignment 5: work on live action videos
  • Session: Quizzes and questioning

PM 13.15 - 17.00

  • Practical workshop: Building interactive content
  • Group practical assignment 6: Create an interactive scenario or tutorial (design work only)


AM 09.30 - 12.30

  • Session: Documenting design
  • Completion of practical assignments 5 and 6 (video and interactive content)

PM 13.15 - 15.00 - Please note the course finishes at 3pm on day 5

  • Viewings of assignments 5 and 6




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