Best Practices with Content

Creating Content

When you start adding your structure it is a good idea to have a strategy. Please read the following page. It will give you some ideas for strategies for planning and creating your course. It is important to note that good planning allows for the creation of good courses.

The Content area is where you will post and organize relevant learning materials for your students. Items may include a syllabus, handouts, assignments, supplemental readings, etc., Content material can range from basic text to multimedia files.

A little advanced planning on your part will save you considerable time in constructing the online portion of your course - whether you are teaching face to face, blended or fully online. After you determine your learner outcomes and assessment strategies, you should select tools that will support your learning outcomes.

Strategies for Structuring Content

Make a list to determine the material and resources you want to make available to students in Content.

Consider the following:

  • What existing course materials do you already have that support you learning outcomes?
  • Do you need to locate the new and/or additional course materials to support your outcomes?
  • Does the online format allow you to add resources that you could not incorporate in your face-to-face class.
  • Are some of your resources currently in a format that needs to be converted for online use?

Determine the appropriate VIULearn tool(s) to use to provide student access to materials and resources.

Tips for organizing your Content:

  • Content is organized in  Modules, Sub-modules and Topics, which provide headings for each unit of content
  • Topics are links to the files in the Manage Files area
  • Content can be organized in a variety of ways
  • Content can be organized by week, topic or unit
  • Content can be organized by type of material
  • Keep your organization consistent

Planning Offline

Planning offline is essential. It is important to figure out what belongs in your course and where to put it. By thinking through the overall structure of your course ahead of time building the course online will become a lot easier.

Phase 1 - Brainstorming

Make a list of all the information you feel you need to cover. Chunk the information appropriatly.  This is a good time to determine your learning outcomes.

Phase 2 - Organize the Flow of Your course

Determine when you want to cover the information and where it fits best within your courses timelines. Along the way things may move and change, which is a good thing, as you want to best flow to your course possible.

Phase 3 - Determine Your Online Structure

What do you want you course to look like? Keeping things consistent will really pay off.

Phase 4 - Implement

Start putting you offline plan into action!