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How to put a course online, you’ve gotta crawl before you can walk…


There are a few things you need to think about but, THE FIRST thing you need to do is actually take an online course.


There are many free online courses, have a look at the calendar on the right for something that interests you, or have a look at the course sites listed here which host hundreds of free & pay for online courses.


The next best thing is to write down, or somehow record the following:


WHY do you want to put a course online?


WHO is your audience?


WHAT do you want people to take away from the course?


HOW do you envisage delivering the course?


These are baby stepping stones, putting a course online means you can offer heaps of full learning experiences, it’s not just about slapping a video on the internet. Over the next few weeks I’ll cover these topics in more details, in the meantime, go ahead and take that course – BE the student.



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2 Responses to How to put a course online, you’ve gotta crawl before you can walk…

  1. Chris O. August 7, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

    Many of us aren’t given the time to do that kind of research. Someone for whom we work tells us that this course needs to be online next term and how it should be delivered – all based on their brief recollections of a poster they passed by at a conference. I’d love to have time to plan, pilot, redesign, etc. – it’s not in the “budget”.

  2. RebeccaOGM August 8, 2013 at 7:45 am #

    Hi Chris, thanks for your comment. Budgets and time frames are always difficult things to navigate. I worked with an independent company that wanted to share their knowledge and guide people through online courses. They had never taken an online course themselves and their planning was a bit messy. After encouragement to take a course and take the time to thoroughly think their product through we were able to develop a strong content framework.

    It could even be a simple brainstorm to support your planning. Then put in place a review and development plan. Make it simple and easy to follow.

    Definitely you must experience learning online before developing a course.


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