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Course Development Pricing

How Much Does it Cost to Develop eLearning Courses?

Wondering if you can afford a custom-built eLearning course developed just for your organization’s learning needs?

The answer is often, “it depends.”

It depends on your eLearning course content and length, desired interactivity, content readiness, timeline, and more.

Factors that Impact Cost

eLearning course development is a complex process, but there are four main elements that will determine how much the final course or learning solution may cost.


Seat Time




Content Readiness



1. Seat Time

When eLearning professionals talk about “seat time” they mean how long it will take a learner to complete the course.

A general guideline is to plan for 1 minute of seat time per content screen or slide. However, this can increase or decrease based on the content and interactivity on each slide. A 30-slide deck will not always translate to a 30-minute course.

The longer the seat time of a course, the more time it will take to develop. This contributes to the cost of your course. Our instructional designers will dive into your content and give recommendations for what can be streamlined. Perhaps some elements might work better as a video or interaction in order to create the most engaging, effective, and efficient content possible.

2. Interactivity

The more interactive and immersive the course, the more it’s going to cost.

We work closely with you to scale interactivity up or down and find areas to maximize your spend so you can fit custom eLearning course development into your budget.

Interactivity Levels

Our award-winning course development begins by understanding your needs and which level of interactivity will be most effective for your learners.

Level 1 Courses

Knowledge & Comprehension

This is a basic course, generally used for relaying straightforward information that requires awareness and understanding but doesn’t require significant practice or interaction. It includes simple, presentational interactions to convey information with occasional knowledge checks and simple activities for reinforcement. A Level 1 course from eLearning Brothers is always visually polished and instructionally effective.

The Level 1 Learner Experience

Mainly presentational and linear in nature

Contains a fair amount of exploratory interaction

Contains knowledge checks, basic scenarios, and some light cognitive interaction

Varied in layouts and professional visual treatment

Level 2 Courses

Application & Analysis

This course is the standard level of awesome for eLearning Brothers and is the level preferred by many of our customers. Level 2 courses immerse the learner in your content through the use of first-person character scenarios, visually creative interactions, and more application exercises to build skills and reinforce knowledge.

The Level 2 Learner Experience

Everything a Level 1 contains with more cognitively active screens, including elements of immersion not present in a Level 1 course

Linear or learner-directed course progression

Upgraded visual treatments for interactions

Frequent application of concepts throughout the course

Immersive scenarios with character voices

Level 3 Courses

Synthesis & Evaluation

Level 3 courses are enhanced courses for organizations who are looking to take an awesome course to the next level. These courses are generally great candidates for awards and to impress your audience with out-of-the-box ideas and experiences. An enhanced course is worth it when you’re seeking to make an impact on an organization and leave a lasting impression.

The Level 3 Learner Experience

As self-directed as possible (choose your own path)

Contains elements, as appropriate, of story, game, theme, or role for the user

Enhanced scenarios and interactions that are immersive, fully visual, and creative

Character interaction with multiple character voices

Possible gamified interactions

Consistently cognitively active or interactive

Each Level Includes:

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Static Screens

Screen Animations

Single-Response Interactions

Exploratory Interactions

Basic Scenarios

Interactive Scenarios

Cognitive Interactions

Enhanced Cognitive Interactions

Basic Themes

Enhanced Interactive Scenarios

Enhanced Themes

Custom Graphics



3. Content Readiness

Your content readiness refers to how much content you have gathered and ready for development. For example, you might have a complete storyboard, content, and images ready to go. Or maybe you simply know you need training on a particular process.

No matter where you’re at in the course development process, we can help you.

During the project scoping, we’ll evaluate your content readiness. This helps us give you the most accurate quote based on how much research, resource gathering, and instructional design your project needs.

Tier 0: No Content
Tier 1: Some Content
Tier 2: Some Gaps
Tier 3: Design Ready Content
Tier 4: Development Ready

4. Timeline

How quickly you need a course developed also plays into the overall cost. The tighter the timeline, the more people and resources may be needed to complete a project in time.

Whatever your timeline, we’ll work closely with your team to ensure your eLearning courses are completed on time. We can also expedite your project by shortening client review windows, reducing the number of review cycles, and adding additional resources to the project.

We assign a dedicated project manager (PM) for every project to make sure progress flows smoothly and on time. The project manager will keep you well informed on development progress throughout the entire process.

Other Factors That Can Impact Course Development Pricing

In addition to seat time, interactivity, content readiness, and timeline, there are a few other factors that will determine the cost of an eLearning course. Let us know your non-negotiables and we can give you a free, personalized quote.

Testing & Required Functionality

For creating a mobile course, how many devices do you need it tested on?

Do you need this course to look and function exactly the same in multiple browsers?

Does your course need to be Section 508 compliant?

Extra Media or Languages

Do you need custom graphics or illustrations to enhance your course?

Do you want live video or voiceover services?

Does your course need to be translated into multiple languages?

Schedule a free consultation to talk with one of our course development experts about your training needs and budget.

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