You will have made this decision for most of the content when you’re developing the course outline.
However, you may still run into some situations where you’re unsure of whether or not you should include a certain piece of information or not.
In this case, you should refer to your course objectives and goals.
If you went through our post for creating outlines for online courses linked above, you’ll know that creating course objectives is a crucial step.
Course objectives detail what students will be able to do once they finish your online course.
They also answer important questions like:
- What new knowledge will they have?
- What new skills will they gain?
- What problem will they be able to effectively solve?
So, when you run into a piece of information that you’re unsure of whether to include or exclude, ask yourself:
“Does this information serve any of my course objectives?”
If the answer is yes, include it. If it’s no, exclude it.