When it comes to instructional design and the learners we all work to serve, implementation is the only element of ISD that most of this end-user population really know exists. Learners see this as the course, the online LMS, the assignments, quizzes, handouts, and examinations. As you undoubtedly already know, unless you are involved in course design at some level, you really don’t think about all of the hard work that took place. And frankly, that is how it should be in the eyes of learners. The less they think about the mechanics of course design, the better job we did in designing that course.

Knowing when a course is ready for implementation is a design decision that isn’t as easy as it may seem at first glance. Borrowing ...

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