High Level Course Design Process

This table gives you an idea of a typical course design and development process. The final process we use to work with you could be similar to this or it could be different. This is intended to be an example, only:

Course design process

About the roles

This will give you a little bit more about the roles described in the table above:

Technical author

People are sometimes surprised that we use a technical author for the early parts of the process – especially if the content isn’t technical.

We have a very good reason for doing this.  A key skill that all technical writers have is the ability to quickly assimilate unfamiliar content (not just the technical variety) from a number of sources, make sense of the content and re-work it into a structured usable whole.

While some instructional designers are good at this, many struggle to carry out this task as effectively and efficiently as a technical author.

Instructional designer

However, instructional designers are brilliant at pulling together a user-focused course outline and coming up with engaging and inventive ways of delivering that content so that learners can effectively process and assimilate new knowledge and skills.

Course writer

Sometimes the instructional designer is also the course writer, sometimes not. The course writer is the person putting the flesh on the bones and turning the course outline and instructional design creativity into a finished product.


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