Before you start your WRITING module

In this online course, designed to help you construct your own online course, we will of course look at some aspects of technology, but we will start at the beginning: how to transmit knowledge and skills. The tools will in time include laptops and learning platform, and we will also help you to identify which parts of your knowledge will be best served by text, voice, video or image. But before all, in order to design your course, you will need to write and to tell a story.

Our new friend, Mr./Mrs. Pen, will guide us through the sections of this first module.

Our course is entitled Authoring Training for the Creation of Digital Content. It sounds quite forbidding, but you should see it as a journey, a path that will lead you from writing, to writing online, to writing a module based on one of your skills, expertise or experience. This first module, the WRITING module, is divided into 3 parts. Each part will comprise of some background information, some tips and advice, and a number of exercises or reflections that you will write.  Keep those, they will be your signposts on the road.

Writing skills introduction

This is our starting unit, where we will look at writing from experience, and how we can tell the story of our skill, our knowledge, linking it to our life story. We will bust some writing myths, and realise that all of us can write – and do write.

To prove it, you will write a few texts, reflections and stories that you can refer to later when you build your own course.

Writing online

In this unit, we will first look at the specifics of both writing and teaching online; we will think about the audience (your students), and how to engage them in learning, through your writing.

Through exercises and reflection, you will practice your voice, and also practice collaborative writing and creating.

Writing your module content

All is now in place for you to start creating your module content.  You should now have a very precise idea of your topic, and this unit will guide you in structuring, storyboarding, writing and designing your module.  We will also work collaboratively, giving feedback and sometimes testing other people’s draft modules.

We will propose 3 templates/ structures you could use or adapt, for 3 different types of modules:

Template for experiential module

          Ie. Cooking, carpentry, knitting…

Template for theoretical module

          Ie, local history, genealogy, art history

Template for narrative module

          Ie. Travel narrative, life knowledge and experience