How to plan your e-learning module

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The videos and information on this page have been created by the NES e-learning team to help content owners plan their e-learning modules, particularly the planning of modules to be built by the e-learning team using Rise software.

Identify the aim and learning outcomes

You need to start by identifying the aim and learning objectives for your piece of e-learning (also known as 'online learning', 'digital learning' or 'technology enhanced learning (TEL)'. In simple terms these can be explained as:

The aim

Who is the learning for and what it will do?

The learning outcomes

What will the learner be able to do at the end of the module that they couldn’t do at the start of the module?  Ideally the learning outcomes should be measurable because they will be things that the learner can actually ‘do’ rather than learning outcomes which are framed as ‘You will understand…’.

Search for ‘Bloom’s taxonomy’ or the ‘Revised Bloom’s taxonomy’ if you want to read about a model that can help you establish the learning outcomes for your piece of learning.

Video: Initial planning

This short video explains how to start by creating a rough plan for your e-learning.

Tools for creating a rough plan

Your initial plan can be a list written in Word. If you prefer to create a diagram then you might find the flowchart tool ‘Visio’ useful. You may have access to Visio as part of Microsoft Office 365 - check with your local IT or eHealth team if you are unsure. 

Health and care staff in Scotland can also register for free access to the CKP pathway design tool:
Register under your NHSScotland health board and check the About page for more information and contact details.


Video: How many modules

How to organise your content into modules of the right size to provide a satisfying and achievable learning experience.


Video: Structure your Rise module

This video explains how lessons, content headers and headings will help to provide a structure for your Rise module.


Video: How to provide your content

How to provide the content for a Rise module as a ‘storyboard’, or ‘script’, or ‘module plan’.

Downloadable templates for your content

Image copyright in e-learning

The images you use in modules (or in videos you create, or any images you upload to Turas learn) must comply with copyright law. These videos explain copyright in an easy-to-understand way. Further information on copyright can be found on Turas learn at Copyright | Turas | Learn (

Video: Copyright

This video covers image copyright in NES e-learning modules. What kind of images you can use, where to find images and where to get advice about education exceptions.


Video: Education exceptions

There are some exceptions to copyright restrictions that you may be able to make use of. In this video the NES copyright team explain educational exceptions and the criteria that apply.


Video: Creative commons image search

How to search for creative commons images.

Creating and reviewing the script for your module
Flowchart with steps for creating a script

Flow chart 1: Creating and reviewing the script for your module

This flow chart shows the steps you need to take to ensure that your script is in good shape before the build of the module commences. The emphasis at this stage is on establishing what the content is and the accuracy of that content. The script will require sign off before the project can move to the module build stage.

Creating and reviewing the module
Flowchart showing review process

Flow chart 2: Creating and reviewing the module

Hold ups at the review stage are often the main cause of delay with an e-learning project. Common problems are that feedback arrives in a piecemeal fashion or feedback arrives after a deadline. The project will run more smoothly, and the build will be faster if you can be disciplined about the review stages.

You will have three opportunities to review the module and ask for any changes to the module. This flowchart explains the process. The emphasis during the module build should be the look and feel of the module (most decisions about content should have been taken at the scripting stage).

Who to contact

Contact your local Learning and Development teams for help with designing e-learning modules. Please note you should always refer to your health board or organisation's policies and procedures in the first instance and these may differ from the advice given here which was created by the NES e-learning team.

For NES staff, the NES e-learning team can be contacted via the learning departmental email address:

Requests for a new NES e-learning modules or updates to existing modules can be submitted via this ‘Requests for development’ form: