Best Practice

Online Learning: Where to start?

One of the most common questions we  are asked is ‘Where do I start if I want to put my course online?’.

First, you’ll want to a few basic questions such as:

  • Who are your students?
  • Where are they coming from?
  • Are they part-time or full-time?
  • What are their computer skills?
  • How will they access the material?

For more on this check out the know your target learner post on this site.

Once you have a sense of your target learner and their context, the next step is to look at the the learning outcomes:

Once you know the activities you will be using, it is time to make sure that the content follows some basic rules such as:

Once the course is up and running it is important to take time to evaluate  the activities and content so that you can learn about areas for improvement.



Resources: Writing and Using Learning Outcomes: A Practical Guide

JISC: Online Learning

Centre for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan: Strategies for Online Teaching

Illinois Online Network: Online Instruction – Important Points to Consider