Overview of Course Development
Clayton R. Wright, PhD
Listed below are questions that should be addressed in each phase of course development.They address
the learners are,
needs to be taught,
this material must betaught,
the materials should be taught, and
it should be taught.
1.What educational gap needs to be filled?2.Can this problem be solved by instructional changes? If yes, then proceed withfurther development.3.What should students be able to do at the end of the course that they could not doat the beginning? What standards must they obtain and under what conditions?4.If students are being prepared for a specific occupation, what information, skills,and attitudes do they require to work effectively in their chosen field?5.Who are the potential students?6.What are the needs, skills, and constraints of the instructor who will use thefinished product?
Analysis and Design
1.What discipline will be covered?2.How will the new or revised course fit within existing programs?3.At what level will this course be offered, e.g., introductory or advanced?4.What credit value will be given to this course?5.What are the goals of the course?6.Do these goals address the educational gap determined by the needs assessment?7.Who are the potential learners? What are their interests, abilities, attitudes,motivations, and previous experiences?8.How many learners can be expected to enroll in this course?9.What is the general content of the course?10.What are the constraints – accessibility to equipment and expertise as well astime, financial, and human resources? Are there standards that must be meet?11.What plan of action should be selected to meet the above conditions?