Step 1: Define goals per week

Even more important with an online course than with regular course:

Stick to the essentials, apply focus and put structure and clarity for the benefit of rest first.

Avoid the pitfall of translating your planned physical education 1-to-1 into online education. Think again about constructive alignment of the learning outcomes, the assessment (s) and the learning activities.

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The learning outcomes

View your learning outcomes and select the most important, overarching learning outcomes. If all is right, all other learning outcomes, teaching goals, assignments, preparations and self-study goals ultimately lead to these learning outcomes. This is the essence of the course. Make sure this is indeed the case.

If this is not the case, you can straighten this out when setting the content goals per week below.

The assessment
Summative assessments are only needed to assess the most essential (highest) learning outcomes. By focusing on the essence, it’s easier to find a suitable assessment method. Moreover, you make it easier for yourself if you don’t assess all lower order learning outcomes separately. Often an integral professional product, paper, case or assessment is enough. Examples of suitable online assessment forms can be found on:

Substantive goals per week

Define content goals per week. This step is essential and requires a lot of thinking. Remember that this is the basis of the online course. If this is in place, you will soon be able to easily choose suitable teaching methods in the next step. Recommendation: Do more with less: select only the most important skills and concepts that need to be learned.

Use the course scheme to show your content goals.

Are you ready? Check again if there is a logical build-up in the weeks towards the essential learning outcomes. And check again if the weekly goals focus on the most important skills and concepts.

Continue to step 2 to link didactic goals and teaching methods to the content.