How do I create content for my full-length course?

Step 1: Write your content – Refer to your learning objectives, course outline and sources of content. Use these as guide in writing the “story” of your course.  

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Step 2:  Check for copyright
– It is better to assume that all third-party content has copyright. Hence, securing permission or proper citation to credit the original sources of materials must be done before using the material as part of your content.

Refer to the ADB Handbook of Style and Usage  on how to cite references or The Chicago Manual of Style.

Check also the Creative Commons License of the material as guide on how to properly use and attribute the material.

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Step 3: Review and revise – Have your content peer reviewed by another subject matter specialist. This would ensure that the contents are technically accurate, complete, relevant, original and up-to-date.  

Peer review of ecourse content   (1:02)

ADB also requires all elearning course content to undergo an iThenticate check to ensure originality and proper citation of third-party content.

The iThenticate check provides you with a similarity score indicating how much of your content is similar with other published or online materials.  Review the flagged items and perform the following:

  • Delete the flagged text from the content.
  • Paraphrase the original text and include proper citation and full reference details (author, year, title and/or URL).
  • Use quotation marks in directly-lifted text and include proper citation and reference details (author, year, title and/or URL).
  • Consult the content writer regarding the iThenticate results to resolve the flagged item.


Step 4: Prepare your storyboard – The storyboard is the script of your course. It provides details on how the content is “chunked” or broken down and presented to the learner, indicates the audio script, marks the activities and interactivities, etc. It is the framework that details learner experience as he/she goes through the course.  

Among the storyboarding tools that are available, the most user-friendly is the PowerPoint presentation. Consider each slide as one screen that is presented to the learner, and the notes section as the placeholder for your audio script and instructions for activities. Moving the slides allow you to control the sequence of the content and also manage how the sections are linked.

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Step 5: Use multimedia properly - Make sure that there is a good mix of text, videos, images, graphics, and other learning support integrated in your course to maximize learning experience.

Below are different multimedia materials that you can integrate in your course and the learning support that each type can provide (FAO, 2011):

  • Audio  - Reinforces the information presented through text
  • Videos – Give examples on real-life applications
  • Photos, graphs and images – Help to understand complex ideas in visual form
  • Slideshows – Reinforce text with images and audio to enable faster absorption of information

It is recommended that you use whatever multimedia and learning materials are already available instead of creating new ones. This would greatly minimize production cost and at the same time make your content updated with current trends and information.

Step 6: Produce your courseware and prototype – Using your storyboard as guide, you can now produce the needed multimedia, graphics, animations, sound effects, voice overs, and other interactivities as your course requires. Afterwards, you can assemble them in one package using a course authoring tool - a software that helps you assemble all elements of your course, including quizzes, into one package.

Assembly also requires compliance to existing global standards which enables your courseware to run in different LMS (Cochran, 2016):

  • Aviation Industry Computer-Based Training Committee (AICC)
  • Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM)
  • cMI5
  • xAPI

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Last modified: Thursday, 9 August 2018, 8:54 AM