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Gather ideas, learn about UCLeXtend and decide suitability about the platform and its origins/rationale.
Suitability for UCLeXtend? Quick check:
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?
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:
*Catalogue listing and Go-live course review can occur synchronously.
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.
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.