EPD’s Learning Design and Technologies unit (LDT) maintains a multi-folder structure within UW-Box for Program Directors, instructors, Program Support, and support staff to use collaboratively during course design, development, and delivery. This document describes the suggested Box folder structure for EPD non-credit courses.
Each Program Director (PD) has an EPD Professional Development - Course Development Box folder in UW-Madison Box. There is a suggested standard folder structure to use within each PD's course development folder, which is described in further detail below.
Within each curriculum folder there is a subfolder for each instance of the course, which uses the following naming convention: Curriculum ID-Instance Number 2-Course Development. For example: RA01465-S074 2-Course Development.
1 - [InstanceNum] - Course PlanningThis folder contains course planning materials, to include the course design map, the online professional development course questionnaire, meeting notes, development schedules, notes on copyright acquisition on any core or supplemental resource materials, after-course reflections and evaluation results, as well as a link to the EPD Course Design & Development Toolbox , and a copy of the contract for a custom course. It may also include several standard planning documents (see details below).
2 - [InstanceNum] - Original Course FilesThis folder houses all the in-development files, such as the module and topic overviews, the powerpoint files, and any supplemental material. It is often is organized with subfolders for each topic.
3 - [InstanceNum] - Original Video FilesA PD and/or instructor(s) use this folder for uploading recorded lectures or presentations (e.g. Camtasia project files) which will then be processed by LDT. This folder is often organized with subfolders for each topic.
4 - [InstanceNum] - Final Course FilesThis folder is used for the finalized versions of course materials. Typically NPG or LDT will do the final processing of the files and then save them into these folders. This folder is often organized with subfolders for each topic. Everything in this folder is linked to from the online course site and accessible to students.
5 - [InstanceNum] - Final Video Files
This folder is used to store a back-up copy of the final course videos. The version of each video which is made accessible to students via the online course site is saved in a Google Drive folder that LDT manages.
6 - [InstanceNum] - LDT Video ProcessingThis folder is used by the LDT team to manage the final processing of any videos produced by the PD or instructor(s).
Note: The video folders may be omitted if the course being developed doesn't include pre-recorded videos.
1. The Non-credit Course Development Timeline & Instructor Checklist is a helpful reference to see an overview of the course design and development process, suggested timeline, and key milestones during each phase.
Note: this timeline and checklist is tailored to blended and online courses, however it could easily be applied to face-to-face courses as well.
2. The Statement of EPD Professional Development Course Design, Development, and Delivery Standards and Expectations document is a good resource to share with all who will be involved in the design, development, and delivery of the course. It sets a good baseline understanding for future collaboration.
3. The [InstanceNum] Course Development Planning Spreadsheet can be used to to track key milestones in course development.
Historically, the non-credit Instructional Coordinator has assumed responsibility for managing this spreadsheet and works with the PD and other LDT team members to set target dates based on the course launch date, workload capacity, and any other miscellaneous factors.
This spreadsheet is often used as a starting point and then further customized based on the specific components of the course and the final delivery method of the course.
For any questions related to this box folder structure, related resources, or generally how to get started please contact LDT.