When it comes to the context of online programs in academic education, there are four components to consider:
- Field of use: In most situations, this will be either higher or professional education.
- Provider: In most situations, this will be Leiden University.
- 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.
- 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.