The most successful (online) learning experiences are the ones that are fit to - and implemented in - the context they are taught in.

When it comes to the context of online programs in academic education, there are four components to consider:

  1. Field of use: In most situations, this will be either higher or professional education.
  2. Provider: In most situations, this will be Leiden University.
  3. Breath: This might vary depending on your role. However, whether you are teaching a single course or are responsible for a complete program, you have to ensure that your design is coherent and in line with linked elements such as other lectures, assignments, courses, and the program’s end terms.
  4. Learner’s level of preparation: It is of great importance to consider the learner’s characteristics, prerequisites, and skills before you start (re)designing your program or course. Some prerequisites - like pre-knowledge - are easy to identify, while others - e.g. language fluency, technological skills and self-regulation - are hard to identify. If you want a fast but structured approach to include a learner analysis in your design, you can use this short template from the Digital Learning Toolkit or this more thorough Learner Analysis Worksheet.