5 Writing and editing your course

Introduction

After deciding that you want to create an open online course and carefully considering the purpose, intended audience and type of course you want to produce, it is time to put pen to paper and begin to write. You may intend for your course to depend heavily on third-party resources or you may be creating a course containing only entirely new content. Whatever your type of course, there is likely to be writing involved and editing required.

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Figure 1 Starting a course from scratch.

This session of the course builds on earlier sessions by looking in more depth at the types of activities you might like to include. You will then go on to consider how best to structure your course and make the content as clear as possible for the learner. You will also look at the process of writing content and then getting that content reviewed, possibly by an editor.

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Jane Roberts
This session provides practical advice on how to start writing your course content, including some useful information on using learning design principles to help make your course as engaging, relevant and successful as possible.
At OpenLearn, we’re fortunate to receive extensive feedback on our courses and so we’re able to share with you examples of existing courses to provide tangible evidence of what makes a good course.
Whether you’re writing a course alone or as part of a team, you’ll probably need someone to look at the content from an editorial perspective at some stage during the writing and production of the course. This session gives some advice on the type of editorial involvement you may want to seek and the types of tasks you might want an editor to undertake.
The session ends with the exciting topic of adding audio and video to your course. It covers practical information on planning, recording and delivering audio and video assets, as well as advice on how to make these assets as engaging as possible.
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5.1 Early planning: learning design activities