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Seven Tips to be a Successful First-Time Course Developer

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Position: Distance Education Course Designer
Job Description:  Unique opportunity to design higher education courses on distance learning platform.  Benefits include:  (1) strengthening classroom strategies, broadening facilitation skills and improving curriculum vitae, (2) recognition by the Academy and honing subject matter expertise, (3) assignment as “lead instructor” for designed course, and (5) administration reciprocity by scheduling you for future classes.

Have you considered the opportunity to expand your occupational horizons through participation in curriculum development? This fictional classified advertisement was created to explore your potential interest in designing a distance learning course.  Look closely at your Curriculum Vitae and you’ll find a skilled adjunct faculty member with lifelong learning and specialized knowledge to educate others. If course design appeals to you, Roman philosopher, Seneca’s advice is instructive “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

Reasons for Developing the Course
Before you outline your proposed course make a list of  “why” you are developing it. American motivational author, Earl Nightingale explains, “The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.” The list will keep you on task when

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