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Open Course Development Workflow

As stated on the Our Development Process page, there are six major steps in developing any training or open education course with the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

These steps are expanded here, and the workflow is also detailed in this image.


1. Getting Started

This first step involves the initial inquiry, an exploratory meeting, and a budget estimate. In the initial inquiry, it should be specified whether the new course or training will be modified from an existing course or developed as an entirely new learning experience.

To begin, contact Ira Gooding. In preparing for the exploratory meeting, consider the following:

  • The topic/title of the course and general objectives (learning outcomes)

  • The number of courses you intend to create and the length of each course in terms of hours of content

  • The desired/anticipated launch dates

  • Whether existing content will be reused in the course

  • Potential funding source(s) and the amount available to create course content

2. Planning the Course

This next step will include the kick-off meeting between CTL and the key stakeholders involved in the project: the subject-matter expert (SME), instructor, and/or program liaison. After the kick-off meeting, the key stakeholders will develop a course outline in consultation with CTL staff.

3. Creating the Content and Activities

After the course has been outlined, the SME will work with CTL to consider repurposing existing resources and/or creating new course content and activities. In creating new content, depending on the agreed-upon services, the steps will include scheduling recording sessions with CTL, preparing scripts and accessible slide decks, and recording the content. CTL will then edit and publish the content.

The SME may also work with CTL to develop course activities, readings, and formative and summative assessments as needed.

4. Implementing the Course on the Platform

CTL will configure the content in the selected learning platform (Coursera, FutureLearn, or CoursePlus). The SME and CTL will review the online content for accuracy, completeness, and digital accessibility.

5. Running the Course

Some of the learning platforms require that the course be submitted for approval before being open to enrollment. After the course is approved, the course will go live and the learning can begin!

6. Evaluating, Reflecting, and Adjusting as Necessary

After the course has been live for some time, CTL can work with the SME, instructor, and/or program liaison to evaluate its success, considering its impact, completion rate, and continued interest. At this point, the reflection on the course may result in adjusting its design and reiterating the workflow, beginning with revisiting the planning stage (Step 2).

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