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Step 10: Validate the design

It is vital, at this stage of the project, to submit your design plans to a range of key stakeholders for feedback. This is important for a number of reasons:

  • It creates "buy-in" so that you can maximise uptake of the product upon completion.
  • It validates content – this is particularly important if you are outsourcing this aspect of the project.
  • It minimises the need for major design changes later in the project when much time and expense has already been invested.
  • It ensures the product meets the needs of the target audience.
  • It identifies any errors or problems in the design at an early stage.

All online learning materials should:

Key stakeholders might be internal or external to the project and could include:

Internal stakeholders: External stakeholders:
Project Manager Teachers
Multimedia team/developers Industry
Mentor/colleagues Industry Skills Council

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You may need to modify your design several times, and for a range of reasons, before coming up with a final version that meets the needs of all stakeholders. This step might need to be repeated throughout the steps.