Gilly Salmon’s Carpe Diem Planning Process is also one that provides staff training and involvement in developing online courses.

It is a team-based approach that involves SMEs, teachers/educators, learning designers and educational technologists working together over an initial two-day workshop.

There is obviously discussion that goes on prior to and after the workshop days. Those are covered in the Carpe Diem Planning Process Handbook (PDF 1.5 MB).

(Please note: I refer to Modules as clusters of topics. You may use different language. Don’t let that throw you.)

Day 1

Deliverable 1 – Course Blueprint

Course mission and learning outcomes, look and feel, what learning outcomes needs to be assessed, what learning outcomes and knowledge acquisition need or an activity to reinforce, formative and summative assessments,  tools available.

Deliverable 2 – Storyboard

  • Time scale of the course, drawn out in columns on butcher’s paper by weeks
  • Topics on one colour post it note laid out across the grid – including welcome week and wrap up week.
  • Formative assessments put in under topics or at the end of modules in another colour post it.
  • Major summative assessments put at the bottom.
  • Activities with 2 or 3 word purpose put underneath topics on another colour post it. If some face to face and others online, use different colours. 
  • Look at  board, shift things around. Ensure activities and topics are scaffolded (simple ones first).
  • Write ideas for techs/tools on the activities and assessments.
  • Take photo of board.  Number each activity based on week and order.
    At this point, can create a skeleton on the Moodle course site (your LMS) based on the rough storyboard.

Day 2

Deliverable 3: build some prototypes

Work in pairs and choose activities to flesh out.
Each activity should have invitation, spark and advice (instruction, reason why, resource, procedure).
Keep scaffolding in mind.
Create the activity in Moodle course site. Put in links or descriptions of sparks/resources. Adjust or annotate on board if necessary.
Watch Scaffolding video
Creating Invitations to eTivities

Deliverable 4: Reality check

Ask students or colleagues to come in and try the activities and give feedback (template provided).

Review and adjust

After reality checker gone – review the concerns and suggestions, talk through the impact.
  • Rethink any components of blueprint
  • Adjust storyboard – considering navigation, timings and assessment
  • Work on immediate improvements to activities
  • Consider next steps
  • Look back at day 1 – how far have you come?

Next steps planning

  • What else needs doing
  • Risks to project (timeframe, barriers)
  • Other resources/people
  • Set deadlines
  • Date or next meeting
  • Follow-ups needed

Deliverable 5: Action plan to finish course

Take the next steps planning and feedback that needs to be actioned and write action plan
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