Course Content
Preparing to design eLearning resources
1.1 Identify and clarify purpose, target group and mode of delivery relevant to learning resource design 1.2 Analyse target group characteristics and identify their foundation skill and learning support needs relevant to e-learning resource design 1.3 Access and analyse nationally recognised training products to identify the skills and knowledge requirements 1.4 Identify organisational procedures for designing and developing e-learning resources
Plan & design e-learning resources
2.1 Review own skills and knowledge and plan to address identified gaps in subject matter expertise, industry relevance and industry currency according to organisational procedures 2.2 Determine steps and estimate time needed for the design and development of e-learning resources 2.3 Document and confirm the e-learning resource development plan 3.1 Review and select options for e-learning resource design appropriate for purpose, target group, mode of delivery and required skills and knowledge 3.2 Experiment with traditional and digital methods to create required visual learning opportunities 3.3 Analyse and break required skills and knowledge into manageable sessions and arrange and sequence the sessions to support learner progression 3.4 Document and confirm the e-learning resource design approach
Developing eLearning materials
4.1 Develop course content shell, interactive media components, sequences, interactivity and content templates 4.2 Develop e-learning material content and activities to progress, support and engage learners 4.3 Embed digital e-learning tools for asynchronous learning 4.4 Use classification techniques to develop content inventory and detail levels of hierarchy 4.5 Develop e-learning training material content to guide VET teachers, trainers and assessors 4.6 Document e-learning resources and maintain an amount of training register according to organisational procedures
Trialling and finalising your eLearning resources
5.1 Plan for trial of e-learning resources with potential users 5.2 Trial e-learning resource and collect and record trial feedback 5.3 Analyse and use trial feedback to improve e-learning resources 6.1 Check and confirm e-learning resources are industry relevant and industry current 6.2 Check and confirm e-learning resources are clear and tailored to target group 6.3 Map e-learning resources to nationally recognised training products to confirm validity 6.4 Check and confirm resources comply with legislative and regulatory requirements and are accurate and free of spelling, grammar and formatting errors 6.5 Check and confirm third-party content is attributed according to organisational procedures 6.6 Check and confirm content, links and interactive media components are displayed and error free
TAEDES513 – Design and develop e-learning resources
About Lesson

A course content shell is a pre-built structure on a learning platform like Moodle, Canvas, or Blackboard. It acts as a blank template for instructors. They can add modules, quizzes, assignments, discussions, and other materials to customize it for their specific course. It saves time by providing a basic framework for online learning.

Below is the steps required to set up a course shell in Canvas (though the steps are very similar on other platforms).

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Creating a Course Content Shell on Canvas LMS

Here’s a breakdown of the steps involved in creating a course content shell on Canvas LMS:

1. Create a New Course:

  • Log in to your Canvas account as an instructor.
  • Click the “Courses” tab and select “Create a New Course.”
  • Enter a course name, course code, and optionally a short description.
  • Choose the term and enrollment options (public, private, etc.).

2. Organise Course Content:

  • Canvas uses “Modules” to organise course content.
  • Create modules by clicking the “Modules” tab and adding new modules.
  • Each module can house different learning materials (assignments, quizzes, discussions, etc.).

3. Add Course Content:

  • Click on a module to access its content area.
  • Use the “Assignments” option to create assignments with due dates, rubrics, and submission options.
  • Utilize the “Quizzes” button to build quizzes with various question types (multiple choice, true/false, etc.).
  • The “Discussions” feature allows you to create forums for student interaction.
  • Upload documents, presentations, or other resources using the “Files” option.

4. Setting Up Communication Tools:

  • Canvas provides built-in communication tools like announcements and inbox.
  • Use “Announcements” to broadcast important messages to the entire class.
  • The “Inbox” allows private communication between instructors and students.

5. Configure Course Settings:

  • Canvas offers various settings to customise the course experience.
  • Under “Course Settings,” define grading schemes, late assignment policies, and course navigation options.
  • You can also integrate external tools and resources here.

6. Publish and Share the Course:

  • Once content is uploaded and settings are configured, click “Publish” to make the course visible to enrolled students.
  • Share the course enrollment link or course code with students to allow them to join the course.

Additional Tips:

  • Use the “Syllabus” option to create a clear and organized syllabus outlining learning objectives, grading policies, and resources.
  • Consider using the “Outcomes” feature to define course learning outcomes and align them with assessments.
  • Explore Canvas’ rich media options to embed videos, audio, and other interactive elements.

By following these steps and exploring the various features of Canvas, you can create a comprehensive and engaging course content shell for your learners.