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Checklist for Hybrid Course Development

Kristina Kauffman

  1. Develop your VISION for the course. If you are patient and think 50% inspiration, 50% perspiration you will have a better course and a more enjoyable course development experience.
  2. Gain the support of members of your department.
  3. If the Course Outline does not include online lessons, gain appropriate Curriculum Committee approval.
  4. Schedule the course and be sure that the schedule of classes indicates it is a hybrid course.
  5. Find out who manages Online Courses on your campus and ask them to create a developmental classroom for you.  If you plan to use WebCT or other course management system, it will be important to learn when training sessions are available on your campus, or where you can attend workshops off campus. 
  6. Begin preparation of course materials.
    • Employ an appropriate pedagogical structure or pathway to learning. It is often helpful to create a storyboard. Think about the relational nature of the online environment and use that to facilitate the course if appropriate, or if the relational nature of the web is a not helpful to your course, be sure to have a clear and strict pathway to learning.
    • Create online syllabus as a single web page.
    • Create single web pages for each aspect of the lessons.
      • Keep learning styles in mind.
      • Use color.
      • Use images.
      • Include audio files.
      • Consider where video linked to a CD or streamed in small segments might be added.
  7. Upload each of the single pages into WebCT or other course management system.
  8. Verify that the pages appear as you desire in the course management framework.
  9. Depending upon your course design activate those features that are needed in your course.
  10. If the Discussion Board is to be used, set up forums as needed for the course design.  
  11. Take a deep breath, recognize that you'll continue to tweak the class off and on for years, and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.
  12. Inform your college online course management staff that the class is complete and ready for students.
  13. Develop a plan for training your students including appropriate handouts.
  14. Meet your class and demonstrate how the online portion of the class works.
  15. Enjoy a stimulating teaching experience.


Kristina Kauffman, 2001

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