Abstract Title | Optimizing the process of eLearning development


  1. Anne-Petra Rozendal
  2. Ellen Torfs
  3. Sape van der Werf




University Medical Center Utrecht


The Education&ICT programme at the University Medical Center Utrecht aims at enabling ubiquitous learning for students and employees. In total, 150 high quality eLearning modules will be developed in four years. eLearning modules are integrated in courses and are used for example as preparation for (practical) classes or as replacement for other teaching materials or lectures.

Summary of Work

To produce eLearning more efficiently we wanted to improve the development process. We aim to decrease the production time of a module from 9-12 months to 4-6 months.


All steps in the process and the roles and responsibilities of people involved were described, points for improvement were identified in focus-group discussions, and the process was redesigned. The process was further optimized during the development of two proof-of-concept eLearning modules.



The improved process has now been applied successfully to develop eLearning on a variety of medical subjects. 17 modules have been implemented in the curriculum and 33 are currently being developed.


Using the process description (see the figure) as a blueprint during the development of an e-module has resulted in a more efficient production of e-modules, because:

  • all steps in the development process are taken in the right order
  • the time schedule is clear and the project’s progress is checked regularly
  • the roles and responsibilities of all people involved are clear
  • at certain checkpoints the client verifies, by signing an agreement, that the project’s deliverables meets the agreed standards (indicated with  in the figure)

Importantly, the design phase is relatively long in this process, which leads to a well-designed module and a more focussed production.


Take-home Messages
  • eLearning can be developed more efficiently by first describing and optimizing the development process and clearly defining roles and responsibilities of the people involved.
  • Making a clear and detailed design of a module leads to a more efficient production.
Summary of Results

Phases and steps in the development process of eLearning modules:

  indicates points at which the project's deliverables are checked and approved by the client before the design process can be continued.

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