Sustainable Course design.

When developing resources for online delivery there are some strategies you can easily implement which improve the experience for your students.

This include things like

  • Not including dates on files
    • Consider using version numbering rather than dates
  • Keeping ‘in progress’ files
    • This allows you to update files rather than re-creating them each time.
  • Using standard formats
    • Having files in standard formats allows students to transform the resources in their preferred formats (provide word documents rather than PDF, PowerPoint slide shows instead of movies).

Learning activities:

When developing learning activities and learning resources, the intention should be for students to ‘put in the effort’ and collect the information and present it in a way that is useful for them. Each time you set an activity or task, ensure there is an opportunity for students to submit, share or get feedback.

You might not have a model answer yet – but if students submit their responses you can provide some suggestions and feedback on the responses and ask students if you can reuse their submission in future years.

If you haven’t been able to create formative assessment for students, you could invite them to submit example questions. This can be through a forum, form, shared word document etc. You can increase motivation by potentially including these questions in future assessments.

Case studies:

In disciplines where you have case studies, consider designing tasks in later years which will produce the case studies so you can refresh the content of tutorials and assessments without too much effort in the future.


When making videos, try and do it in one take. Before you start making your video – do a bit of planning. Know what you want to say – maybe you will have a transcript or key dot points.

If you are doing a video recording, and make a mistake – stop, take a breath and then make a sound (click your tongue, clap your hands) before you start again. This makes it easier to find where the mistake is so you can ‘cut it out’ if you are doing any editing.