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This wiki is no longer being developed and you should consider its content out-of-date. For current information on the planning, design, and launch of online and blended short courses please visit the Develop and manage short courses: resources for staff webpages.

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    Gather ideas, learn about UCLeXtend and decide suitability about the platform and its origins/rationale. 

    • What is UCLeXtend? - provides an overview resource and gentle introduction to why we built built this platform and what it can be used for. If you're not sure, we recommend taking a reading more here or asking around for advice.

    Suitability for UCLeXtend? Quick check:

    Consideration Suitable for UCLeXtend? Suitable for Moodle? Suitable for UCL Online Store
    Primary audience are non-UCL (tick) (error)
    Primary audience are internal (error) (tick)
    The course is credit bearing (error) (tick)
    I just want to take money (error) (error) (tick)
    Issues certificates (info) Due 2016 (error)
    Accredited by a professional body (tick) (info) Varies
    Delivered by a UCL department? (tick) (tick)
    Learners are in Portico (error) (being investigated) (tick)
    Course uses library materials (info) Check (tick)

    If you're unsure you can always talk to Digital Education or UCL Short Courses.

    The UCL Short Courses website contains some guides that help you think about and articulate your course ideas.

    Talk to colleagues in UCL Short Courses and Digital Education about your proposal

    This early conversation can be critical to the success of your ideas. We want to discuss with you before you get going, if only to check UCLeXtend can do what you expected. We may also point you in the direction of the UCL Short Courses team who can help you with early discussions and planning for your course. We want to ensure you are fully informed from the outset. Among other things, we can cover the primary areas of:

    Business case and market analysis 

    Writing a business case, and knowing your market, is not a light task & should not be rushed through. Below is some advice for you which we would encourage you to go through. 

    Delivery mode - decide the online:f2f balance

    UCLeXtend is a platform to support blended or fully online learning. Most courses are not fully online, they utilise e-learning and mix it in with the face to face components of the course; and there's good reason for this - it should enhance the learning experience. Do you know how blended your course might benefit from? 

    Face to face / Campus-based (question) Some online (tick) Quite a lot online (tick) Everything online (tick)
    Nearly 100% of course is in-person. Over 50% of the course is in person Over 50% of the course is online Nearly 100% of the course is online

    (question) Running a face to face / Campus-based course? Why? Technology can improve the learning experience! Additionally, UCLeXtend isn't built for face to face courses; there's other ways to take payment and get learner registrations (UCL Online Store for example). But it doesn't take much to make an online blended course - so even if your course is totally face to face, ask yourself - is there anything that a learner would benefit from before, during or after the course / activity that we can use UCLeXtend for? Probably... 

    Establish course team

    Hopefully you're not planning to do this all on your own - making a simple UCLeXtend course can be done (supporting face to face, for example) but a fully online course will be very demanding on just one person. There's a variety of roles in the design, development and live running of a course, so you may want to speak to colleagues and ensure you've got the people you need from the outset. 


    Create a timeline for the course; when will it run (or open)? Working backwards from the end can help with your planning. There are also some parts of the process which take time from other people - you'll need to factor in the following when planning your course timeline / schedule:

    Proposal submission & review Course catalogue listing Go-live course review
    Two weeks Two weeks* Four weeks*

    *Catalogue listing and Go-live course review can occur synchronously. 

    Submit a course proposal

    Ready? Submit your Course Proposal

    Is UCLeXtend right for you? The next step is to submit a proposal & this will let us know your plans and we can get your UCLeXtend space set up.

    The form is intended to kick-start your journey for UCLeXtend. Once completed it is reviewed a group (called the Course Approval Team) who oversee all new courses heading onto UCLeXtend. If any section is unclear, or you are unsure, contact us. You may also want to send drafts to colleagues for approval/review. You must complete this form in order to get a space in UCLeXtend.

    Send to extend@ucl.ac.uk when complete.


    What happens next?

    Course proposal review

    Your proposal will be sent around a selection of colleagues in Digital Education, UCL Short Courses and the Library. This is an open dialogue and you'll be included at every step. The intention is for you to receive feedback on the proposal and suggestions for any improvements (or things to look out for) before heading into further planning and development. 

    Proposal amendments 

    You'll get some feedback on your proposal; but many don't need to stop - it's just constructive feedback in order to make a good course. Occasionally the proposal feedback might ask for the course team to make revisions before continuing; support and advice is available during this time. 

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    • Learning outcomes;
    • Delivery format;
    • Create activities;
    • Build online space(s).
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