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eLearning Team Roles

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Sometimes when you're trying to land your first instructional design job or create a team for eLearning development you're not quite sure of all the roles and responsibilities.

This is a list for roles and responsibilities that need to be covered in an eLearning development project, but some of these roles only need a part-time employee or one person can be responsible for several roles at once. It all depends on the client, the budget, the team's skill set, and the requirement of the project.

eLearning Team Roles and Responsibilities

  • Project Manager: Takes charge of the entire lifecycle of the project, interfaces between the client and the eLearning team, creates and manages the schedule, budget, scope, and the quality of the project.
  • Instructional Designer: This is probably you! You'll analyze training needs, provide consultation on instructional strategies, collaborate with the SME, define the scope of the course and learning objectives, select the delivery formats, and develop an assessment strategy based on the client's business needs or learning goals. The ID will also write the storyboards, scripts, performance support, and any accompanying worksheets/materials. 
  • Subject Matter Expert: This is where the content comes from.  The SME provides rough content, resources, and sometimes examples and scenarios.  The SME will also check the final deliverables for accuracy.
  • Editor: Reviews eLearning materials for clarity, consistency of writing style, grammar, spelling, appropriate references, and copyright information.
  • Multimedia Specialists: Depending on the project and the vision for the course this role can change.  Some of the specialists include graphic designers, voice-over artists, videographers, photographers, or animators. All the media specialists collaborate with the Instructional Designer to produce content that matches the vision of the course.
  • eLearning Developer: The online developer helps realize the instructional designer’s vision by using authoring tools to create elearning–usually for the web. They assemble all the materials for the course, add interactivity, and publish the course to meet the hosting requirements.  Many IDs take on this role in addition to their ID responsibilities. 
  • Quality Assurance: These are the testers of the eLearning course. They will run a QA of the course from a technical perspective and make sure it matches the storyboard.  This role also tests for the user experience. 


Are there any roles or responsibilities that I missed? Let me know in the comments!