Design and develop learning resources

Check specifications and facts

When you are finally ready to publish the resource and make it available to learners, you should do a final check to ensure that the resource meets the agreed-upon specifications and that the content is relevant and accurate. Checking facts is an important step in finalising a resource for presentation to the client. Make sure that your information is accurate and up to date and that it has authoritative and verifiable sources.

Check text, format and visual design

Reconfirm now that the format will work for the target audience and the environment in which it is to be used. Ensure that the language used is clear and concise, and that the point of each topic is clearly made and easy to understand. Make sure that language, literacy and numeracy issues have been properly addressed and that measures have been incorporated to ensure that those with LL&N difficulties can understand the material being covered.

The resource—regardless of format—must also be visually pleasing and easy to use. This means checking pagination. For example, make sure that headings are not shown at the very bottom of a page with the accompanying text starting on the next, check that the text is aligned properly on the page with evenly spaced margins, and check that correct font and point size have been used in accordance with organisational style guides.

Validating and moderating the resource

Possibly the most important part of reviewingthe resource will be the validationand moderation process. This provides an opportunity for the completed resource to be trialled by providing it to learners, employers and trainers for review.

Learners from within the specified target group should be chosen to work with the new resource, reading through the material and undertaking any tasks or assessments. They should then be asked to complete a survey detailing their thoughts on ease of use, language levels and areas that could be improved.

Employers should view the prototype to ensure that they are satisfied with the content and quality and are happy that it will deliver expected outcomes. They should also view the resource with an eye to industry appropriateness: will learners using this resource glean useful ‘ready-to-hit-the-ground-running’ knowledge?

Trainers delivering the program need to review the resource to ensure that it covers all topics adequately and that they can be mapped back to the unit’s competencies. They also need to ensure that any tasks or assessments adhere to the principles of assessment and the rules of evidence.

After completion of the trial by learners and moderation and validation by employers and trainers, any necessary amendments should be made, taking into account valid comments.