Course Development Process

Stage 1: Outstanda Course Proposal

A registered instructor (register here) proposes a course that meets Outstanda course standards via our portal for consideration.  The person proposing the course should be willing to lead course development. This includes outlining the course with units, lessons, and lesson nodes. Ideally, the person will have taught the course previously and be aware of the needs of students.

Stage 1 is complete when Outstanda staff approve the course proposal and set up the development environment in the Outstanda Dev system.

Stage 2: Learning Unit Development

Depending on the length of a course, Learning Units will be planned out.  A course can have 1 or more learning units, and learning units each have a clear objective for learning and can stand alone, or be completed as part of the course. These are similar to what someone would find in a chapter of a textbook. The length of the Learning Unit depends on the need of the subject matter and the level of the students expected to take the course.

Stage 2 is complete when Learning Units are added to course and approved by developer and oversight team.

Stage 3: Lesson Development

Lessons have a particular learning outcome with support materials.  They are made up of one or more nodes and can include individual and group projects, video, audio, text, practice tests, outside resources, instructor resources, honors material as optional deeper study, practice tests, and assessments.

Stage 3 is complete when all elements are mapped out for the lessons. While they may change over the development of the course, a clearn mapping of content is essential to begin producing the actual content.

Stage 4: Lesson Node Development

A lesson is made of up nodes.  Each lesson is planned out to have video, text, projects, etc and each of these is a node in the lesson.  This stage takes the longest typically as it includes filming, editing, writing, and cultivating resources.  Each node should be kept as short as possible while being complete in it’s mission of clearly imparting knowledge, experience, and expertise.

Stage 4 is complete then all lesson nodes are developed and ready for expert review. Nodes do not need to be all complete before some are reviewed.  Nodes are posted live in lessons as they are developed so experts can review them as they are listed.

Stage 5: Expert Lesson Review

A combination of experts who are subject matter experts and experts who have experience teaching the subject review the each node to look for errors, ommissions, or subject inaccuracies. Materials are also reviewed by experts in Outstanda’s mission to ensure materials are free from bias, hate, discrimination, and misinformation. Each node must also be based on scientific facts, be culturally sensitive, and meet all other standards.

Stage 5 is complete when all materials are reviewed and updates have been made.  Experts make a recommendation of course release.  A minimum of three experts, one in each key area, must recommend a course for full release in order to be eligable for release.

Stage 6: Assessment Development

Assessment development is the development of the final assessment for unit and course completion and verification.  It can include multiple-choice, short answer, true/false, essays, projects, and feedback questions. Randomization is required for questions to minimize cheating.

Stage 6 is complete when all assessments have been developed and reviewed for clarity, accuracy, and fairness. Modifications will happen over time based on question performance.

Stage 7: Public Review and Comments

public reviewMany stages are developed publically to maximize feedback and ensure needs are being met. Once stage 7 is reached, the course is fully released and anyone verified learner can rate a node, lesson, unit, or course.  This feedback is used to mark content for review and potential updates.  Stage 7 includes all the benefits of a fully released course but allows modifications before official version 1 is released.

Stage 7 is complete when a sufficient number of verified learners and instructors have rated the course with high marks.

Stage 8: Full Availability

full releaseStage 8 is the full release of the course.  Each node has a review date to check for accuracy after time has passed.  If a piece of content sees ratings go down, it will also be reviewed. Minor updates are made with no versioning changes. Major updates to a lesson or unit result in a decimal iteration of the version of the course. Full revision results in a review and all 8 stages followed, resulting in a full version numeric update.