Thank you for your interest in writing a course to be hosted on UKEd Academy. This guide has been written to help you consider the structure of your course, so that it works well on the platform. As you will see from the diagram, courses are split into various individual elements, which all combine into a course package, where learners flow through your course.
The main elements you need to consider and plan are:
Course Title and overview – This is a page informing potential learners about your course, who would benefit from taking the course, and some information about the content of the programme.
Lessons – These are the backbone of your course. We suggest a minimum number of three (3) lessons for each course, and the number of lessons is unlimited, however we do suggest a maximum of five lessons for each course. The lessons can contain various media elements, including images, documents (pdf/doc), videos (YouTube/Vimeo, or self-hosted). Any uploaded documents or images will need to be sent to us by e-mail – send to firstname.lastname@example.org, stating the course name and place for each attached element. As a writing guide, each lesson should contain at least 300 words.
Topics – Topics are like sub-lessons. The best way to explain this is to use a simple example. For instance, if one of your lessons was “Questioning”, your accompanying topics could be (1) “Closed Questions” or (2) “Open Questions”.
There is no obligation to have any topics at all, but we offer authors the opportunity to add up to five topics within each lesson.
Quizzes – Quizzes are a great way for learners to check and confirm understanding, and check engagement with the materials you have written. You have the option of eight different question types, and we encourage you to include quiz elements at the end of most of your lessons … especially the final lesson, which can allow for more reflection. Each lesson can have multiple quizzes, so you are not restricted to one quiz element.
The eight quiz elements are:
- single choice
- multiple choice
- free text
You can set questions where there are correct answers required, or free-form responses. Please make sure that when you are setting any quizzes you inform which quiz-type you require; the question/s, and; the answer/s.
How to submit
Your initial submission plan must have been approved by our team. We suggest you write your course in a separately saved document (such as Microsoft Word, or Google Documents, for example). We have added a example template that should help you through the writing process. Click on the image to open/download the Microsoft Word document
The template acts as a guide, and you can also view and copy the template on Google Documents by clicking here.
Once you are happy with the content of your course, it’s time to submit. Please copy/paste your content to the link sent to you separately. If that’s too much of a hassle, you can submit using the completed document template by e-mail.
We check the readability of your document, and will offer feedback or changes where necessary. Once agreed, we will publish the course, notifying you when live.
PLEASE PROMOTE YOUR COURSE
We are building our community and will promote the course for you, but people are more likely to be interested in the course if you direct and promote your colleagues to it.