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Deck of Cards
titleGathering your requirements - identify if UCLeXtend is suitable


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:

ConsiderationSuitable 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 wiki website contains some guides that help you think about and articulate your course ideas.

labelTalk to colleagues
titleTalk to colleagues in Life Learning and Digital Education

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 Life Learning 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:

labelBusiness case and market analysis
titleBusiness case and market analysis

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. 

labelDelivery mode
titleDelivery mode - decide the online:f2f balance

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 personOver 50% of the course is onlineNearly 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... 

labelEstablish course team
titleEstablish course team

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 & reviewCourse catalogue listingGo-live course review
Two weeksTwo weeks*Four weeks*

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