Planning your open course - before you build it

Before you attempt to upload anything online, you will need to think about the following:

  1. Audience and purpose
  2. Learning Design
  3. Structure and Metadata
  4. Writing the course
  5. Copyright
  6. Accessibility
  7. Assessment and rewards

2. Learning Design

Your open course or resource may be very short, simple and straightforward; however you still need to think about learning design and how your audience might benefit from a well-designed resource.

See Learning Design at The Open University and the OU Learning Design team blog for more information about learning design.

Alternatively, you may want to implement a less structure lead approach (considered by some as 'disruptive') to your course design by collaborating with others within your space to create materials together and move them around as the course design emerges from different content contributions by each author.