The most asked question around course creation is, “What course technology should I use?” And it’s a very valid question considering the digital nature of an e-course.
I have created numerous e-courses in all sorts of course platforms over the last 20 years, so believe me when I say:
If you have the option to choose your course technology (meaning you haven’t bought a plugin, or invested in a hosted platform, or are willing to change these) then I highly recommend you take a look at the way you want to teach and for your students to experience your course.
To add, there is more to consider for technologies than a platform. These include:
Let me give you an example. Say you want to have an online photography course to share your unique editing strategies that make final pictures quite exemplary (even award winning.)
You’ve taught your editing strategies in person through quick workshops at a local college using their computer lab. You feel confident you can teach this online.
Your workshop curriculum was as follows:
What type of technology do you think this course would need if delivered online?
I say it could use all 4 types of course technology:
Let’s say for another course, I am an accountant (actually, I am) and I want to teach about this year’s taxation regulations and how to apply them to personal tax returns. What an exciting course!
I could probably do this via email with a link to 2 or 3 password protected and connected webpages where I have:
See how the technology for this course differs vastly from the first one due to what and how you want to teach the topic. And what you want your students to experience.
For either of these courses, create your content offline (i.e. use Word for the text, save produced videos and graphics, etc.) so that you can easily switch course platforms IF you choose to expand your offerings to more courses. For example, you want to move from using the Zippy Course plugin to Thinkific hosted platform.
To do so, upload your saved content into the new platform to promote and sell your existing course. Then start to build your next one. I am not saying it will take a weekend to add your existing course, but you will have all the content to place into a new environment.
If you visualize your course first and how you want to teach your students along with the experience you want them to have, the types of technology you really need will emerge.
Explore this website for more resources on how to design your course before taking the technology plunge.