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:
- What should the students be able to do once they have completed the course?
- What learning activities would help achieve the learning outcomes?
- How can you best constructively align the learning and promote active learning?
Once you know the activities you will be using, it is time to make sure that the content follows some basic rules such as:
- has clear instructions
- is consistent in format and structure
- is accessible
- divided evenly
- has no redundant parts
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.