As you begin to develop a course, consider the following questions.
InterPro Online Professional Development
Course Development Questionnaire
As you think about the online course you would like to lead, please reflect upon and provide a brief response to the following questions. If you need support, please email email@example.com. For additional resources, see the InterPro Course Development Toolbox.
Part 1: Front-end Analysis
1. Describe the course you would like to offer online. Provide a 1-3 sentence summary.
Why do you want to offer this course online? How
does this course fit into, or compliment, the existing portfolio of courses you
and/or InterPro already offers?
Is it part of a certificate series?
What is the overall state of the market? Are
there new technologies? An aging workforce? New regulatory requirements? How
does this course reflect the direction the industry is moving? Is there
significant competition for this course and/or topic(s)?
Who is the target audience? Imagine who will be
enrolling. Consider their professional position, organization, industry, and
their level of experience with and knowledge of the topic(s). Is it a new or
existing audience? Why would
they take this course? Why would they take it online? How well would this
audience manage an online learning environment?
5. What are the primary course goals and learning objectives? Examples:
“Employ software tools to model material flow on a shop floor.”
“Configure a building control system to
achieve a 15% reduction in energy consumption.”
Part 2: Course Development & Delivery
Who are the instructor(s)? Do they have online
teaching experience and/or online course development experience?
What are the primary course materials? (power
point slides, video, reference materials, written articles, primary sources and/or
What are the primary teaching methods? (lecture,
demo, simulation, case scenario)
Will there be any assigned reading? (either pre-
during- or post-course)
Will any practical exercises, projects,
presentations, quizzes, or exams be administered?
Will any special software be used?
Will there be direct interaction between the
instructor(s) and the students or students with other students? (discussion,
debate, learner-led presentation, team project, peer review, polling) Would
this collaboration benefit from being asynchronous (via a synchronous, or both?
If learners do not participate in any communication,
collaboration, or assessments, and CEUs/PDHs are available, how will those be
What would be the ideal length of the course? (Consider
audience, content, calendar)
10. Considering the Online Course Delivery Types, which one seems to be the best fit for this course (at this point in the process)?