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Getting Started: Designing your Course

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

Another great resource is the MOOC Design Patterns Project, particularly, their set of [design pattern cards] (https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=bW9vY2Rlc2lnbi5jZGUubG9uZG9uLmFjLnVrfGhvbWV8Z3g6MzA4OWIyNzUxZmRmNDlmYw).


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.

  • Set up time frame and course schedule: when should your course start? What is the course duration? How much effort per week do you expect from the 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.

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