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

4. Writing the course

Although you can write directly into your open course or resource and create it online in collaboration with others, it is a good idea to do most of your drafting in a word processing package first so you can get the structure and content right.  Alternatively you could collaborate with others online to create your content using Google docs or other similar tools.

Please note, writing for online learning is not like writing a book - for guidance on how to write your online course, see How to make an open online course.