Getting Started: Designing your Course

For general information about course design we recommend to look at the suggestions of the MOOC Canvas Framework.

Introduction: You have decided that you want to offer educational resources or need training for a large number of people. How do you do that? How to MOOC?

From our own experience we recommend the following:

Course Design - Define your target audience: do you want to address your employees or the open public? A general or specialist audience? Should your course be of academic nature or focus on practical aspects? Do you aim at a specific age group, e.g. pupils, professionals, silver surfers?

  • Define the learning outcomes: which competences should the learner acquire by taking the MOOC? Are you introducing a new technology, product or service? Do you need to apply new compliance guidelines? Do you want to improve IT skills? Do you want to give a digital university lecture?

  • Build your course team: you will need content experts for content preparation, lecturers, teaching assistants for course support, a course manager for operational aspects and technical staff for content production (if needed).

  • Set up time frame and course schedule: when should your course start? Course Duration? How much effort per week do you expect from participants?

  • Design your course content: create a syllabus, prepare slides for video lectures, design questions for self-tests and assignments, compile further readings and build hands-on exercises (if needed).

  • Copyrights and Licensing: clarify copyrights of used 3rd-party material, decide on copyright attribution of course content.