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Getting Started with Developing an Online Course

First and foremost, let's make sure the learning need is for a DL course. Take a look at the "Training Types" flow chart. Could the course be taught effectively by some other delivery method, for example, as a Job Aid, as a Webinar, etc.?

Answer these important questions:

  • Has the course been taught in a classroom setting?
  • Is the course rich in content?
  • Will your audience for this course be many and regionally dispersed?
  • Is the content of the course organized in modules/lessons?
  • Can the exercises in the course be done asynchronously (self-paced)?
  • Does this course need to be taught frequently?
  • Does the course/presentation need to be available on mobile devices?

If you have answered yes to the questions above, DL would be an excellent delivery tool for the course and the DL Program Team (DLPT) would love to help you with the process from beginning to the delivery and final evaluation of the course.

  1. The DLPT can take your materials and prototype a DL course for you. We will involve you as much as possible in the course design and development. We will take care of aligning your lesson objectives with content and assessments. We will make, or develop new, student practice exercises for web, asynchronous delivery. We will ensure the course has a high level of interactivity and that it will be accurate and Section 508 compliant. We will assist you in scheduling and holding any synchronous events (WebEx®) if you are using a blended-learning strategy for your course.
  2. The SMEs will be asked to complete 5 short online courses so that they can plan their DL course:
    • Intro to Distance and Blended Learning
    • Intro to Adult Learning Principles
    • Intro to Instructional Systems Design
    • Section 508 guidelines
    • DL Best Practices
  3. The completed DL course will need to be reviewed by 2 technical reviewers and the DLPT.
  4. We have developed a "DL Developer's Toolbox" webpage that has links to important information and best practices for developing a course for web delivery.
  5. We do require the SME to complete an Instructional Design Document (IDD) for the course and submit it to the DL Program Lead, Tj Lane (tjlane@usgs.gov). The IDD is a blueprint of your course.
    • Download the IDD as a Word file.


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Please Contact

Distance Learning:
Tj Lane
303-445-4677
Angie Kohler
303-445-4676

Virtual Classroom:
Patty Gonwa
303-445-4680
Ralph Roland
303-445-4678

NTC Reservations:
Nancy Gregory
303-445-4668

DOI Learn:
oeddoilearn@usgs.gov
888-390-4447


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