What are the steps in the Design (D) process?
- Determine your learning objectives – Key questions to ask: What skills will your elearning course address? What are learners supposed to know (knowledge) or do (skills) by the end of the course? Are the learning objectives specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound (SMART)?
- Organize your topics – Key questions to ask: Are your topics aligned with the learning objectives? Does the structure allow for discussing simple to complex topics? Can the learners easily digest the contents or will they be overwhelmed?
- Identify the instructional methods to be used - Key questions to ask: What can learners do throughout the course to achieve learning? Can the methods help understand and recall information? Apply what the learner has learned? Or work with fellow learners to produce a learning output?
- Identify the activities to launch and deliver the elearning course – Key questions to ask: How long can the learners devote time to the elearning course per week? What ICT channels do they prefer to use? What is the budget limitation in producing and delivering the course?
- Identify the purpose and ways to evaluate the course and its results - Key questions to ask: What is the purpose of the course evaluation? How do you track the progress of the learners? At what point of the course delivery will you conduct the evaluation? Will you provide certificates of completion?
WATCH: Designing Your Course to Achieve Alignment (6:53)
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