The eLearning Superhuman lab

The eLearning superhuman program blog post

A common question that people who are new to eLearning ask is; ‘What skills do I need to make great eLearning?’ Designing high-impact eLearning is a ‘Renaissance skill’. It takes a complex mixture of instructional design, visual communication design and media design. Our eLearning Superhuman lab is a project-based lab designed to help you become an ‘eLearning Superman’ who can design effective and engaging online learning. 

The structure of the lab follows the instructional design process:

  • Analysing and understanding the problem and audience
  • Designing and storyboarding
  • Prototyping
  • Developing

The first two thirds of the program is focused on your capability development and the final third is focused on peer to peer learning around your projects.

The program will support you to develop the capabilities you need to be superhuman at each stage of the eLearning development process.

Outline of the stages and the capabilities you will develop:

Stage 1) Analysing and understanding the problem and audience

During this stage you will work with Sprout Labs’ proven analysing tools based on a mixture of design thinking and classic learning design.

You will plan how you're going to measure the impact of the course you are designing and building.

You will plan the project timeline and do a risk analysis of your projects.

At the end of this stage you will have the capability to analyse workplace performance problems and design appropriate solutions.

Stage 2) Designing and storyboarding

During this stage we examine a number of instructional design models and you will assess how they could be used in your projects.

You will choose an approach to outlining and storyboarding your project that is suitable for your project.

At the end of this stage you will have the capability to effectively storyboard eLearning projects.


Stage 3) Writing, designing and developing

During this stage we examine writing for eLearning, visual design for eLearning and using media in eLearning.

During the session on writing for eLearning you will learn about using learner friendly language and information mapping to transform how you write learning resources.

During the sessions on visual design you will learn about:

  • The principles of visual design
  • User interface design for learning
  • Working with stock photography and illustrations

Also during this stage we will explore a number of easy to use, low cost tools non-professional designers can use for developing graphics for learning.

During the session on media in eLearning you will learn:

  • When to use different types of media
  • Simple tips and tricks on how to improve your media production and editing skills

At the end of this stage you will have the capability to design and develop engaging elearning. 


We can customise the topics to the needs of your project.


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At the end of the lab, you will have the capability to develop high-impact effective and engaging eLearning.

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Who should attend

This lab is designed for people:

  • who are just getting started in eLearning

  • who might have designed only a few modules and want to improve.

If you’re an experienced instructional designer this lab is not for you.

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The learning experience is project-based. During the lab, you will design and develop one or more eLearning modules. There will be weekly virtual classroom sessions plus one-on-one coaching time every fortnight. In the early part of the lab, the virtual classroom sessions will cover the basics of eLearning design and development. In later stages, these sessions will be about the group supporting each others’ project work.

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The next lab will commence in the second quarter 2023 and run for 12 weeks.

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$1,480 AUD (ex GST)

If you are from an organisation that’s a Sprout Labs Glasshouse or Totara client, you get a 30% discount.  

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Dr Robin Petterd is the founder of Sprout Labs and host of the Learning While Working podcast and virtual conference. He is on a mission to change how people learn at work. He has a PhD in interactive media design and has taught interaction design in a wide range of contexts.

There may be guest facilitators during this lab as well.


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Questions and answers about the session

Why do I need to express my interest, why can't I just enrol?

Before you sign up we want to make sure that the lab is the right fit for you and your organisation and that you have a suitable project to work on.

How do I pay?

Once it’s been confirmed the lab is a good fit for your needs we will send you an invoice.

What software do you teach in the lab?

The lab is not focused on software training but on the instructional design skills and the related visual design and media skills. If you are using Adobe Captivate we can provide some support; if you are using Glasshouse we can provide extensive support.

How many people will be in the group?

Numbers will be limited to increase the amount of interaction among the group.

Will virtual classroom sessions be recorded?

Yes, but you get more impact from the lab by attending it in person. 

What is the timing of the sessions?

Once the participants have been confirmed, we will work with you to determine a suitable time that works across different time zones. In the past, Sprout Labs has had participants across the world join our learning lab.

If you have any other questions please get in touch.