• Issued: October 2015
  • Content last reviewed: October 2015

The eLearning Instructional Design Guidelines set out the minimum criteria that must be met by CPO approved training programs that contain an eLearning component. When a training program standard established by the CPO incorporates these guidelines by reference, meeting these guidelines is necessary for a training program to be approved by the CPO.

This document should be used in conjunction with a training program standard established by the CPO. It is intended to guide training providers and/or developers who want to include an eLearning component as part of a training program that is being submitted to the CPO for approval. As a mode of delivery, eLearning components of a training program must meet the learning outcomes outlined in the associated program standard.

The purpose of the eLearning Instructional Design Guidelines is to establish a minimum standard for high quality and consistent training for workers in the Province of Ontario.

The eLearning Guidelines are based on the following guiding principles:

  1. Ensuring learners are aware of the purpose and expected outcomes of the training program
  2. Designing for consistent and accessible interaction between the learner and a qualified instructor for the purposes of content and technical support
  3. Fostering active learning
  4. Designing for the learner’s ease of navigation and usability

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