Converting face-to-face content to a distance format

When faced with the prospect of taking face-to-face content and converting it to a distance format, the task can seem daunting.  The difference between the two content types may seem vast, but the similarities will be helpful to convert face-to-face content to a distance format.  Here are a few tips:

  • Make sure the content can be converted in the first place. If there is a hands-on component to the training you may want to consider keeping that face-to-face.
  • Consider the flow of the course – does it make sense to follow the original sequence or will a change be needed to ensure the course flows correctly (sometimes face-to-face courses have resource constraints that must be considered when developing.)
  • Remember that distance courses don’t have the same level of facilitator contact and control of the learners – this must be taken into consideration during design
  • Be sure to create a mechanism for the learner to provide feedback and contact course administrators if needed.
  • Design measurement tools that are appropriate for the distance format.
  • Ensure that all directions the learner will need are clear and easy to find.
  • Always consider the delivery and setting.

For more information please consider this guide:

Course Development Design Guide

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