Keeping Course Content Current
Maintaining and refreshing course content can seem like a daunting task whether you are working on a traditional face-to-face course or Web-based course. Once the course is up and running, it is tempting to check it off as a finished project and become complacent rather than invest the time to continually monitor, refresh, and maintain the course. When designing the course, it is wise to consider a timeline for reviewing the course and adding enhancements and updates.
Some questions to ask are:
- How often does the content of this course change? How often should I review the content to make sure it is current?
- How often should I review the content to make sure everything works? (e.g. hyperlinks still link to active sites, email addresses are current, and inter-linking between documents work, etc.)
- How will I gather student feedback?
- How often will I review student feedback? How will I incorporate student feedback to improve the course?
- Is there any area of the course that will need to be refreshed every time it is offered? (e.g. a threaded discussion, exercises that students complete, etc.)