Working with the
Course Structure and Sequencing
You will populate this page in your Design Document with an outline of your course that will be based on your terminal and enabling learning objectives.
Begin by clicking Course Structure on the LDT ribbon.
After you click Course Structure you will move through two dialog forms to finalize the information that will be add to your course outline, as well as the sequence of the content added.
Here is an example of an initial Course Outline
You add details to the initial outline by entering content into the placeholders provided.
How to Use the Course Structure function
- Click Course Structure on the LDT ribbon.
Use the Update Module and Lesson Names form you will see to rename your modules and lessons, if desired.
- Then use the Sequence Content form to re-sequence the learning objectives into an order that provides the best learning environment, if needed.
When done, click Close/Quit to generate your initial course outline.
Add details to your Course Outline.
The rest of the information below provides detailed instructions about steps 2 - 5.
Here is an example of the Update Module & Lesson Names form you will see...
This form provides the option to rename your modules and lessons.
- If you are not ready to give them descriptive names you can simply click Continue.
If you simply click Continue then the Module and Lesson names you see in your form will be used to build your course outline.
- Once your course outline is built, you will be able to alter the Module and Lesson names.
About Module Names
- Each terminal objective becomes a Module
Each Module Name is the word "Module" followed by the Learning Objective Reference number associated with it.
About Lesson Names
- Each enabling objective becomes a Lesson
Each Lesson Name is the word "Lesson" followed by Learning Objective Reference number associated with it.
How to Update Module and Lesson Names using the Update form
- Click a name in the outline
It will appear in the editing text box, where you can alter it
- When done, click Update and your new module or lesson name will be recorded
When all of your edits have been entered and you are ready to move on, click Continue.
There is not an automatic method to Undo a change after you click Update.
To change a name you have updated:
- Select it
- Click Update to record your change.
After you move on from the Update Names form you will have the option to re-sequence the order of your learning objectives. Here is an example of the Sequence Content form you will see...
About the the Sequence Content form...
- If needed, use this form to re-sequence the learning objectives into an order that provides the best learning environment.
When done, click Close/Quit to generate your initial course outline.
The required course outline structure is module/lesson.
- Modules are topics. All modules must have at least one lesson.
Lessons are sub-topics. Every lesson must be part of a module.
- To ensure that your final instructional sequence is valid, click Validate to check the list against all objective dependencies.
Learner Achievement Activity lessons have been automatically created for each instructional objective.
- They appear as the last lesson within each Module/Lesson hierarchy.
Module (terminal objective) completion is dependent on the completion of all lessons (enabling objectives) for a specific terminal objective.
The Learner Achievement Activity for a module is likewise dependent on the completion of all its enabling objective lessons.
- If you elect to move an enabling objective lesson to a later module in your instructional sequence, you will likewise have to move the parent module's Learner Achievement Activity to a place in the instructional hierarchy that is after that final enabling objective is taught.
There is an optional checkbox that you can mark that will move all Learner Achievement Activity lessons to a new final module in the instructional hierarchy.
If you select this optional setting:
- You will not see the Learner Achievement Activity lessons automatically readjust themselves in the sequence listings above
- But when you click Continue to create the Course Outline:
- A new module will be inserted after your terminal objective modules
- It will contain all of the Learner Achievement Activity lessons for all of your modules.
How to use the Sequence form
- In the box on the left, highlight what you want to move
Multiple items can be moved at the same time by selecting them all
Hold down the "Shift Key" for contiguous selections
Hold the "Control Key" for non-contiguous selections.
Click Move to transfer the selected item(s) into the box on the right in the order you want them taught
Use the "Move Up" and "Move Down" buttons to adjust the final sequencing
- When done click Close/Quit
Your Course Outline will build and populate the Course Structure and Sequencing page, and subsequent pages as needed.
Your Course outline will strictly be limited to the Modules and Lessons that align with your terminal and enabling objectives.
When you extract your course outline it will be book-ended with a generic program Introduction module and a generic program Summary module.
When you use the extracted course outline to begin the Development phase you will be able to add information into those two generic opening and closing modules.
About Working in your Course Outline
Your outline is a table with a combination of:
- placeholders for you to enter content into and
automated Instruction Type selection forms.
The outline is structured into Modules and Lessons.
- Modules are topics which address your terminal objectives
Lessons are sub-topics that address the enabling objectives for each terminal objective.
How to work in the Module areas
- Don't worry about the time to complete or number of lessons. You will add time to the lesson and the use the Update All Fields button the the LDT ribbon too update these items.
Type in a brief Overview of what occurs in the module.
- List the required references, resources and materials.
How to Work in the Lesson areas
- Enter the time to complete, replacing the blue hatch marks with your estimated time in minutes only. Delete any extra hatch marks.
Enter in an overview of what occurs in the lesson.
- Click "Select type of instruction" and select from the drop down list you will see.
Enter a description of the instructional content - specifically what you expect to be addressed and taught.
For LeaderGuide Pro users
Instruction Types relate to LGPro Content Blocks
- When you extract your course outline into LeaderGuide Pro a 3-column facilitator guide will be created and populated with your course outline content.
The module information from your course outline will populate the LGPro Module Overview pages.
- The lesson information will populate lesson pages.
The lesson pages will build with LGPro Content Blocks that associate with the Instructional Types you selected in your course outline.
- The instructional type descriptions you entered in in your course outline will populate the second cell/column of their associated LGPro Content Blocks.
You can customize which LGPro Content Blocks your LDT Instruction Types associate with. Learn about customizing.