Planning and Analysis Modules
Get your development project off on the right foot

Are you starting your course development from scratch?   Struggling to get appropriate information out of the heads of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)?   Re-purposing existing content from one format to another?

If yes, the modules in this stream help you get to grips with:

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  • the scope, quantity and complexity of the content you will be working with, and
  • an understanding of the audience you will be delivering to.

What are the modules in this stream?

There are three modules for you to choose from in our Analysis and Planning content stream:

Module 1: Getting up and running

When there's a course to be developed, it's tempting to just dive in and get started. This module helps you avoid the pitfalls of the 'just do it' approach to course development by helping you:

  • evaluate several different tried and tested instructional design processes
  • get under your audience's skin to fully understand their needs (this pays dividends later on in the development process)
  • work through your objectives and outcomes from high-level down to specific and detailed.

Module options

  • Standard version: 1.5 hours, or
  • In-depth version: 2 hours

Module code: PA01

Module 2: Gathering your content

Working with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) is an unacknowledged challenge many instructional designers and course developers frequently have to face. This module helps you:

  • clearly identify the different types of questions you can ask of SMEs
  • match these question types to your purpose and desired outcomes
  • use effective questioning to control an SME interview and get the answers (and content) you need.

Module options

  • Standard version: 1.5 hours, or
  • In-depth version: 2 hours

Module code: PA02

Module 3: Analysing your content

Getting the content from your SMEs is one thing. Making sense of it for yourself and your learners is quite another. This module shows you how to

  • work with a simple set of pre-defined content categories to unpick and streamline an SME 'brain dump'
  • use those pre-defined categories to plug any gaps or remove any inaccuracies in your content, and
  • turn them into a meaningful content outline - the foundation for creating learner-centred courses and modules.

Module options

  • Standard version: 1.5 hours, or
  • In-depth version: 2 hours

Module code: PA03

What about practice?

All modules contain a variety of exercises and activities, making the learning experience practical, hands-on and highly interactive.

Browse more modules?

Use the links below (or the menu above left) to browse the other modules:

How do I put together a customised in-house course?

Ready to put your modules together into a customised in-house course? Take a look at the How does it all work? page.

This explains how you can put together the modules you want into a customised programme.

  • The minimum length for a programme is half a day.
  • The maximum length is determined by however many modules you want to include.

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