Instructional Design for E-learning Courses

Online learning is the new norm for companies and authors to teach audiences, provide training, issue certifications, and offer continuing education credits. From storyboarding and writing a curriculum programs, to designing instructional materials and conducting needs assessments, our team will help you set program goals and develop a first class training program. We have worked in healthcare, technology, real estate, government, banking and retail. Let us turn our creativity onto your project.

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From boring to exciting!

There’s nothing worse than watching two hours of someone teaching in front of a whiteboard or a PowerPoint that only changes the slides every 2 to 3 minutes. Yawn! The URL Dr team can take your subject matter experts and academics’ jargon-filled technical documents and turn them into an easy-to-understand course with pizzazz. It’s all about telling a story and getting the learner engaged in the content. We’ll present your course with animation, video, quizzes, interactive elements, games, and downloads. We make learning new material fun and engaging in a mobile environment that can be consumed on-the-go or at the office.

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Articulate Rise 360 LMS Instructional Design

Authoring Tools

If we’re using an authoring tool like Articulate Rise 360, your online course can be designed with interactive images, sorting activities, flashcards, matching games, fill in the blank questions, and multiple-choice quizzes. Both offer SCORM and TINCAN compliancy that. We also utilize animation as a cost-effective and engaging way to add moving visuals to your course with the use of Vyond.

Instructional Design Case Studies

Instructional Design for elearning development

Breathing new life into boring course material

McKissock Learning, a division of Colibri Group, had text-based content that needed a little “pizzazz!” After reviewing and analyzing the learning approach, audience, LMS system, and the instructional materials that existed, The URL developed a new online learning course that incorporated animation and storytelling with a real estate theme, that truly spoke to the students. Read the full case study.

Using Articulate Rise 360 to combat COVID-19

When Coronavirus broke and companies were forced to implement safety procedures for employees almost overnight, German based lawpilots saw a need for online training that could help its corporate clients. The URL dr help out their in-house design team by designing this safety course in Articulate Rise 360 utilizing a combination of learning elements to make this serious subject interactive and fun. Read the full case study.

Instructional design to combat COVID-19


Yes, we can. We offer script writing and course writing services at an hourly charge. We have subject matter experts in certain areas on staff and we can procure SMEs for your project if required. We can also work with your SMEs to write your course and curriculum.

We suggest you allow four to six weeks for a course with a 30 to 40 minute seat time. Our current production schedule and how long it takes for you to provide information and feedback can impact the turnaround time of your course. For courses with multiple lessons and seat times of longer than one hour, please contact us for a quote.

The first thing we’ll have you do is fill out an onboarding questionnaire that gives you the opportunity to tell us what you want your finished course to look like. We’ll need provided content or existing curriculum materials, access to SMEs, any provided video footage you want us to use, any provided graphics or images you want us to use, and your logo in a .png file format.

Our e-learning creation and design services are billed at an hourly charge. Please contact us for an estimate of your project.

Absolutely. E-learning projects can be daunting, especially for first timers. We offer consulting services to help you figure out what kind of learning courses to make, what LMS system to pick, how to organize your process to produce your course, how to pick assessments, etc. Contact us for a free 30 minute consult about your project.

E-learning courses can be anywhere between a 30 minute seat time or shorter to a course that could take weeks to finish. It really depends on your audience and the depth of your material as to the finished seat time of your course. Contact us for help on how to decide.

Sure. Many of our customers are authors or speaker/trainers that have a book, a workbook, a PowerPoint, existing curriculums, or a workshop that they would like to adapt into a course. Contact us and let’s discuss your project.

Yes! Gamification can really enhance the learning experience. Our favorite authoring tool for more advanced courses with interactions and games is Articulate Rise 360. Take a look at our sample Rise 360 course on our company, The URL dr, to get an idea of what we can do.  Check Out Our Example Course Here.

Yes we can.

Yes! We can include facial shot video, b-roll video, and screencapture video. We can also add your video to animation. We consider this a Combination or Mixed Media video and it has its own rate. We can edit video you provide, as well.

We do! We love developing material for children. Ask us for examples.

Yes, we can! It can even include background music.

Absolutely. Kim Merritt, The URL dr, is our “in-house” voice talent. Her voice is available at no additional charge on video projects. If you’d like a male voice or other female voices, we are happy to source those for you at an additional cost. We charge you for our time to source your voices and pass back to you the cost of the individual voice over artists.

Yes, have a catalog of royalty free music for your video.


Yes we can. Our company started thirteen years ago as an online marketing firm. Contact us to talk about your needs.


“Can I lend a hand?”

As CEO of The URL dr, developing e-learning courses and teaching is a passion. From curriculum development and instructional design, to video and animation, my team and I specialize in helping you tell a story, teach a process, and empower your audience with knowledge. We’re here to work with you and bring your material to life.

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