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Course Writing and Development BGN107

Online Learning Course in Course Writing and Development

  • Learn to write a course, studying from home at your own pace
  • Learn from a team that has developed over 600 different courses, used by dozens of colleges around the world

Course Duration: 100 hours

Course Structure: 9 Lessons.

  1. Bases for Education
  2. Course Writing Methodologies
  3. Level of Study
  4. Curriculum Documentation
  5. Course Materials
  6. Course Material Creation
  7. Reviewing and Updating Courses
  8. Recognition and Accreditation
  9. Application and Implementation.


Course Aims

  • Determine an appropriate basis for developing a course to suit a given need.
  • Write course documentation and materials methodically and with clarity.
  • Explain differences between levels of study, particularly in post secondary education.
  • Write curriculum documentation for a course.
  • Identify and evaluate sources for course materials and support services for a course.
  • Plan and create a variety of course materials to support learning
  • Establish procedures for reviewing and updating established course materials.
  • Compare relative values of formal course endorsement systems.
  • Plan the implementation of a developed course

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Recognise and Adapt to Change

Education is changing. There is a strong sense throughout the whole world that education is critical to success in any industry; but also a serious lack of understanding on the part of parents, students, employers and politicians. They frequently do not properly understand how people learn and what the potential benefits and limitations of learning can be. Teachers do tend to understand learning, but over recent decades, there has been a move of power away from teachers controlling what is taught, to politicians and everyone else in society competing for influence over what and how education is delivered. In short, education has become increasingly politicised and often as a result, people who work in education are stressed and frustrated.

In many developed countries, trends have emerged to develop education as a “self funded” industry, an “export earning industry” or “solution to unemployment”. In some respects, moves like this can be seen as simply “hijacking” a service that should be tending to higher and more important purposes.

It is very likely that the nature and scope of education will evolve and change dramatically over coming decades, as the recent problems are recognised and responded to. The rate and nature of changes in education at all levels, from pre-school to university, are unpredictable. The one certainty is that education as an industry and employer of educators will survive.

If you seek a career in education, it is wise to develop broad skills and an attitude that is prepared for change and a nature that is capable to adapt.

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Why Choose This Course

  • Course notes and materials are unique (written by our staff) and up to date (most revised annually) –our graduates are more up to date with what they learn than many other institutions.
  • We don’t just present you with information; we also work to help you understand and remember it, develop an ability to apply it in the real world, and build networks with others who work in this field.
  • Start any time, study at your own pace, study from anywhere
  • Don’t waste time and money travelling to and from classes
  • More choices in your assignment work –courses are written to allow you more options to focus on parts of the subject that are of more interest to you.
  • Tutors more accessible than many colleges – academics are hard at work in both the UK and Australia, 5 days a week, 16 hours a day, and answering individual queries from students are top priority and always attended to within a day –often within an hour.
  • Be treated like an individual –don’t get lost in a crowd of other students. Our tutors interact with you one to one.
  • Extra help at no extra cost where needed.. If you find a task you can’t do, we will help you through it or give you another option.

How You Study

  • When you enrol, we send you an email that explains it all.
  • You are given a short orientation video to watch, where our pricipal introduces you to how the course works, and how you can access all sorts of support services
  • You are either given access to your course online, or sent a CD or course materials through the mail (or by courier).
  • You work through lessons one by one. Each lesson has at least four parts:
    • An aim -which tells you what you should be achieving in the lesson
    • Reading -notes written and regularly revised by our academic staff
    • Set Task(s) -These are practicals, research or other experiential learning tasks thar strengthen and add to what you have been reading
    • Assignment -By answering questions, submitting them to a tutor, then getting feedback from the tutor, you confirm that you are on the right track, but more than that, you are guided to consider what you have been studying in different ways, broadening your perspective and reinforcing what you are learning about
    • Other - Your work in a course rarely stops at just the above four parts. Different courses and different students will need further learning experiences. Your set task or assignment may lead to other things, interacting with tutors or people in industry, reviewing additional reference materials or something else. We treat every student as an individual and supplement their learning needs as the occasion requires.
  • You are given access to and encouraged to use a range of supplementary services including an online student room, including online library; student bookshop, newsletters, social media etc.
  • You are provided with a "student manual" which you can refer to if and when needed. It provides a quick solution to most problems that might occur (some people never need to use this; but if you are studying late at night & have a problem, the manual provides a first port of call that can often get you moving again).

Recognition

  • ACS is known and highly respected internationally: by employers and academics alike:
  • Recognised by International Accreditation and Recognition Council
  • ACS has been training people around the world since 1979
  • Over 100,000 have now studied ACS courses, across more than 150 countries
  • Formal affiliations with colleges in five countries
  • A faculty of over 40 internationally renowned academics –books written by our staff used by universities and colleges around the world.

 

SAMPLE COURSE NOTES

DEVELOPING COURSES

Courses can be developed in different ways, but every course uses written documents that define, describe, outline and detail the direction and contents of that course. Three types of documents that are commonly used to develop a course are course outlines, curriculum documentation and study notes:

a) Course Outlines (or descriptions)

These describe the course either as a whole, or by breaking it into its components (i.e. modules and/or lessons).

These documents are mostly used in the pre-enrolment phase e.g. for course selection or marketing. For less formal courses e.g. Adult education, hobby classes, the outline may provide a guide for teaching staff to follow as they deliver the course.

A course outline may be seen by both the student and the teaching staff.

b) Curriculum Documentation

These documents define what a course is, in every respect. Their purpose might be:

  • As a reference point to be used by anyone writing course notes, study guides, or even delivering lectures or practical sessions.
  • As a document to be submitted for accreditation purposes.

They are generally seen and used only by the staff of the school (teachers and administrators).

Curriculum Documentation can be costly to write, and even more costly to maintain up to date. In large education systems (eg. government accreditation systems) they are commonly written before anything else, and their development involves seeking and applying input from designated experts. For example, a curriculum advisory committee commonly sets the framework for writing this documentation then meets periodically with course writers to review their progress.

Curriculum documents are not always necessary, and if they are not required for accreditation, you should seriously consider the cost benefit to be had before deciding to allocate financial or manpower resources to this type of documentation.


c) Study Notes

These are documents such as text books, handouts, accompanying notes, study guides, work sheets or anything else which serves one or another of two purposes:

  • To provide a source of information

or

  • To provide a guide or pathway for the student to follow.  

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