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Guide to Planning Online Courses – Part 6 of 11

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Build the Course Skeleton

Create the organizational (or skeleton) structure of your course. This involves creating a series of clearly labeled folders that will hold course materials.

Make a folder for every week or module in your outline or mimic the structure of your syllabus.

Enter the Course Information area and create folders for the Syllabus, Grading Policies, Class Rules, and other basic items relating to course sub-folders for sub-topics as necessary.  We suggest that a series of folders be created to house course materials: 1 main folder for the course with sub folders created for each week, discussion topics, and general course materials. For example:


  • Course Overview
  • Course Materials
    • Week 1: Introduction, from date – to date (folder)
    • Week 2: Financial Decisions, from date – to date (folder)
    • Week 3: Decision Making, from date – to date (folder)
  • Etc….

Enter the Course Materials area in your course management system, and create folders that correspond with your folders.

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This entry was posted on April 4, 2006 by in Distance Education.

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