The following should be provided to the learning developer to ensure a high quality course:

  • A course guide (syllabus)
  • Completed scripts and presentation slides sent to your e-learning developer, if you are using the New Media Centre (if videos are to be recorded in the studio they are needed at least 7 days before recording)
  • Beta test the course before launching
  • One month before the course runs, 90% of the course activities and high quality resources need to be implemented in the platform for the learning developer to review*


Take a look at our ‘Roadmap for creating online courses‘ for an overview of the total process (legend and sub-processes included)

Course syllabus

Prepare a course syllabus based on the course design.  It communicates course information (introduction and overview of the course, a structure, dates, etc.),  and defines expectations (learning objectives, assessments, etc.) and responsibilities. Make the syllabus available in the platform.

A template can be found here

Consider the use of OCW in your course

Consider (re-)using existing material in your course before producing new material. It might save costs and time that is well spent elsewhere. The materials need to be specified as ‘open’, if this is not the case you might infringe copyright. You can refer to the copyright roadmap to make sure you’re not infringing copyright and/or refer to the document ‘How to use open education resources in my course‘.

Take a look here for the workshop ‘Using existing resources in your course’.

Video roadmap

To create videos, a lot of (time consuming) steps need to be taken. A Video Roadmap was created to guide you through this process. If there are any questions concerning the Video Roadmap, please contact your e-learning developer.  Also please let him/her check at least one or two scripts and presentations in order to receive feedback before recording.

Create structure in the platform

The template structure is already in the platform, in this step it is adapted to fit the course design that was made during the plan phase. The names for the separate modules, topics, etc. are added.

Learning activities, sources & content

After creating the structure, the learning activities, quizzes, sources and content (videos, papers, etc.) can be added to the platform.

Create ‘glue’ or narrative text

Now that all the different types of content are in the platform, the narrative should be created. This is the ‘glue’ that creates a thread throughout the course. This task can be performed simultaneously with the previous step of creating Learning activities, sources & content.

Beta testing

The course team arranges ‘beta testers’; students or colleagues that are willing to go through the course content as if they were the targeted learners. They provide feedback, recommendations and point out errors in the course. A small reward might help in convincing people to do the beta testing, otherwise hiring SA’s (that are not involved in building the course) is also an option.

You can organize the beta-testers yourself, but we can help to prepare them for the task. Advice or guidelines about beta testing can be found in edX’s read the docs.

* One month before the course begins, the ‘Prelaunch’ step should be finished to ensure that there is still enough time to improve on the shortcomings.

Setting up surveys

The Evaluation Team (ET) sets up the surveys in the platform. Specific questions can be added to these surveys in consultation with the Evaluation Team, your e-learning developer can provide you their contact information.

Prelaunch meeting (identify shortcomings)

All the final steps that need to be taken to finish the course material are identified with the help of a survey. The month in between the Production- and Run phase is meant for improving these shortcomings.

Communication with learners

Organize a communication/community management schedule. With the course team, create a plan on who will be responsible for sending announcements and who will moderate the forum. Get your learners ready to start the course by sending out a final promotional email. Add the course homepage to the e-mail. The ‘Community Management Training'(MOOCs only) or ‘Teaching an Online Course’ is recommended, skills acquired during these workshops are used extensively later on during the Run phase.

If a course is going to run again, most of it is done. There are always some thing to do for the next run though. Use the checklists for MOOCs, Online Academic Courses and Profed.

Are you going to make your MOOC self-paced? That means learners can choose their own pace. Forum moderation is still around though. Use the Course development guide ‘Self-pacing your MOOC’.


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