It’s easy to look at someone else’s process/presentation/technology and “see what good looks like.” We know when someone else is doing well, or not so well… but what about our own organizations? How can we separate ourselves from our own “best practices” and see when there is room for improvement?

It’s hard to look at ourselves, or our own organizations, objectively. We either judge ourselves too harshly, or take for granted the ways we currently do things. We might not know how to improve, or simply not want to improve.

For learning professionals, this is a dangerous game: the tools and technologies available to us are changing rapidly, and it’s hard enough just keeping up. It’s harder still to stay focused on sound instructional design and designing for how people naturally learn, while striking that balance between what the organization has always done and the allure of that new authoring your tool your boss wants you to use.

We’ve developed a simple self evaluation to help you look at your own eLearning program objectively. After nearly 20 years in the instructional design field, we’ve seen a broad spectrum of training programs, effective and not so effective. Through the hundreds of projects we’ve worked on with our clients, our own best practices have emerged in eight key areas.

The self assessment worksheet will allow you to score your training program in these key areas and see where you stand. If your approach to eLearning and instructional design is exceptional, you probably already know it… but this assessment will provide some additional validation. If you have one or two areas (lots of corporate speak? content overload?) that need improvement, the self assessment will help you identify what to focus on first.

And if you discover your approach to training and eLearning need a complete overhaul… you’re in the right place! We have authored hundreds of articles on this blog to help people improve their training, especially in the eLearning space.

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