Revise

Remember all those tools, all that outcomes language, and all those other things we have been ignoring a little bit with all our “yes” mentality?  Now is the time to do that hard work.  The foundation of a wonderful course is there, in your hands.  But before it can become a reality, it’s time to do the very hard work.  It’s time to revise.

Revision is a collaborative step.  The designer, the professor, and probably your educational technologist need to get in there and make sure everything is working.  On the “delivery” side you need to make sure that the identified outcomes/objectives are well defined and measurable and the underlying content and the assessments are aligned with  them.  On the technical side, all the tools you chose need to be working and need to be the right ones.  In the time between your first faculty consultation and the revision, a lot could have changed in the technical landscape.  Get the very best tools in your course.

"2008-01-26 (Editing a paper) - 31" by Nic McPhee on Flickr.
“2008-01-26 (Editing a paper) – 31” by Nic McPhee on Flickr.

Once an initial design has been adjusted and revised, the professor is going to step into the classroom and work in the course you built together.  Give them the very best course you can, but make sure that you don’t overshoot that first time.  Piloting a new course is a big step, and you want the course to be tested and ready.