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Course Design and Development—Instructional Systems Development by Cat Sharpe

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Course Design Quality Checklist

During the design phase of ISD, a course director must pay attention to innumerable details. Once a design is written, the director needs to step back and assess the quality of the overall scheme. The director may also ask design and development team members (or, if no team was formed, people with relevant knowledge and skills) to assess design quality.

The checklist below is admittedly subjective. Everyone will not necessarily agree, for example, about what equals “adequate” resources. But whenever someone who reviews the checklist believes that a course lacks one of the desired characteristics, that person should be asked for suggestions to improve the course design. This request often brings useful advice. ...

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