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5 Key Roles in an e-Learning Project

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 7/4/16 8:00 AM
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The training needs analysis has been done; there is a definite need for training. The project sponsor has decided on an e-learning solution; we need to assemble a project team. There are several roles that need to be filled; one person may even fill multiple roles.


These are the five key roles we can’t do without: 


Instructional Designer

The instructional designer determines the detailed design of the course including the instructional methods to be used. This role typically has the greatest influence on the success of the program.



The e-learning module has to be authored. It can be done by the instructional designer using a rapid e-learning authoring tool, or by a computer programmer. Regardless of who does it, the module has to be authored.


Subject-Matter Expert

This role needs to be filled by someone who has expertise in the content. The SME works with the instructional designer to determine course content. The quality of the content will be based on the level of expertise of the SME. In many cases the instructional designer is also the subject-matter expert.



The role of tester is critical. The tester checks the instructional design of the course and verifies the technical functionality. e-Learning programs cannot be rolled out without thorough testing.


End User/Learner

A person from the target audience assists in validating the content and final product. Always keep in mind who the course is intended for. We must ensure the program is tailored for that group.


There may be other roles in e-learning projects. In some cases, for example, we might need a multimedia producer. However, with the top rapid e-learning tools being more robust and easier to use, often these specialty roles are not required. It is becoming more common that the instructional designer is asked to fill most of these roles. These five roles are key and ones you can’t do without.


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Steve has been a course leader with Langevin since 2000. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education and dreamed of being a pro soccer player. Steve translated his love of soccer and physical performance to the corporate sector and became a trainer. He’s had the pleasure of training within the government, large corporations, and as an independent consultant. Outside of training, Steve’s two biggest passions are his family and guitars, which he collects and plays!

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