Course Outlines


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This presentation is taken from my blog. It explains what a course outline is, why it\\’s important and provides tips in creating one. It also discusses how to convert an existing course outline into one for a Moodle course.

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Course Outlines

  1. 1. A Few Words About: Course Outlines (Generic and Moodle)
  2. 2. About This Presentation This PowerPoint Show is taken from my blog Penny For Your Thoughts: Simplifying e-Learning for Business , where the posts can be read in their entirety. A Few Words About is a regular feature of my monthly newsletter. You can sign up for the newsletter and view archived issues at
  3. 3. What is a Course Outline? <ul><li>It is... </li></ul><ul><li>It is the plan, the guiding document, the roadmap to your course </li></ul><ul><li>It makes it easier for you to create the course in an organized manner </li></ul><ul><li>It makes it easier for the students to learn by giving them context and setting expectations </li></ul>
  4. 4. Course Outline <ul><li>Topic 1, Week 1, Lesson 1 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Subtopic 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subtopic 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subtopic n </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Topic 2, Week 2, Lesson 2 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Subtopic 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Case Study, Exercise, Other Activity... </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subtopic 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subtopic n </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Topic N, Week N, Lesson N (last) </li></ul>Each bullet point is a logical breakdown of the content; not too much detail, but enough to provide an idea of what is in that section. Each bullet point may represent many pages or just a paragraph.
  5. 5. Course Outline Example Bullet Points Logical breakdown of sequential topics. Not too much detail...but “enough”. Each bullet point may contain any type of delivery method (video, a group activity, a lecture, etc.) and take any amount of time.
  6. 6. Tips for Creating an Outline <ul><li>Create the main structure. Start... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>at the top, with the title and break it into parts. OR... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>at the bottom, jotting down each topic on a separate sheet of paper and move them around until they flow </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Compile your existing examples, jokes, concepts, pictures...and organize them into the main structure </li></ul><ul><li>Idea: Create a “kitchen sink outline” with everythin g...then pick and choose items for different audiences, objectives, and/or time formats. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Course Outlines ≠ Moodle Outlines <ul><li>Course outlines are a necessary starting point for any course creation </li></ul><ul><li>Not all bullets in the original course outline will transfer to the Moodle course outline. </li></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some items (such as assignments or quizzes) will be separate items in the Moodle outline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some items (such as short topics) will be too short to occupy an entire Moodle “page”...or too long for one page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moodle outlines are similar to PowerPoint slide outlines in that each bullet is a distinct entity (page) </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Moodle Course Outline <ul><li>Topic 1, Week 1, Lesson 1 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Page 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Page 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Page n </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Topic 2, Week 2, Lesson 2 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Page 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Page 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Page n </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Topic N, Week N, Lesson N (last) </li></ul>Bullet Points ~ “Pages” Not just pages, but also links to other sites, links to documents and media, assignments, quizzes, glossaries...very much like a “slide” in PowerPoint., you must hit the “next” key to move between them.
  9. 9. What is a “Page” in Moodle? <ul><li>Web pages , which are a mix of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Text (including linked text) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graphics, Charts, Pictures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Linked or embedded video, audio </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Links to be opened directly: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>External sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Downloadable documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other media (pictures, audio) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Activities , such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assignments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quizzes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forums </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Others (glossaries, wikis, meetings) </li></ul></ul>These should fit together sequentially. Other content can be added to the side boxes, or elsewhere in the course. OR OR
  10. 10. Moodle Outline Example Web Pages Text, Linked Text, Pictures, Linked Pics, Embedded Flash Links to open directly Documents, Videos, Audios, External Sites Activities Quizzes, Assignments, Glossaries, Chats, Forums, Meetings This is the outline of the Pluto demo course at This is what the student sees on the course main page.
  11. 11. Tips for Creating a Moodle Outline <ul><li>Start with the non-Moodle outline </li></ul><ul><li>Create one bullet point for each continuous set of text </li></ul><ul><li>Create another bullet point for each activity (quiz, assignment, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>For each link (documents, websites, videos, flash), determine whether to mix it in with your text pages (embedded or linked to text) or to make it a separate “page” </li></ul>
  12. 12. Two Special Pages in Every Outline <ul><li>Purpose-Objectives-Goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This will be one of the first pages in your course that anyone reads. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It might be in the description, viewable to everyone, in a side box, or at the top of the course main page. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It will set the tone for what is expected from the student and from your course content. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It can also include a “Welcome” statement from you. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Summary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This will be the last page (before the final exam) and will tie into the P-O-G. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It can also include a “Thank You” and/or a “Farewell, Good Luck” statement from you. </li></ul></ul>
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