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Organized Course Building

Course Buildind Directory StructureHow do I build courses?

I create outlines with a text editor. I like TextPad. (Notepad ++ also works .)

I create content folders, process folders, resource folders and archive folders.

(I use a boilerplate system, and drag a set of pre-named folders into the workspace.)

I use a numbering system.

I number file folders of course content…

• 00-xyz-00
• 01-xyz-01
• 02-xyz-02
• 03-xyz-03
• 04-xyz-04
• etc.

I use a lower-case naming system for process and tools folders.

I use a zzz-xyz naming prefix for Archive folders. (Templates from re-used content go into the Archives, once repurposed and editid.)

I transfer the presentation outline to an Open Source Learning Management System (Canvas)…by creating Modules for each topic.

And I create content with HTML – Dreamweaver.

Dreamweaver makes connecting links (associations easy).

I create mind maps, and place program-formatted maps in a “mind-maps” directory, and Mind Map Images in a “mind-maps” folder withi the images folder.

I also number images, Mind Maps, Wireframes, Banners and other graphic content with the associated content folder.

Sub-item Content gets numbered as…

• 00-xyz-00
• 00-xyz-00-01
• 00-xyz-00-02
• 00-xyz-00-03
• 00-xyz-00-04

• 01-xyz-01
• 01-xyz-01-01
• 01-xyz-01-02
• 01-xyz-01-03
• 01-xyz-01-04

Etc.

If I need to re-order, I use “Global Search and Replace” software [WildEdit, or Dreamweaver]. (Copy to another directory, rename all, and copy back.)

I prefer organization to stress and confusion.

The up-front set-up work infestment pays off in time saved in searching for content.

Software so Useful that You may Wish to Purchase

RoboForm

Encrypted Login and Password fill in…

Link to Siber Systems RoboForm

Scrapple

Free form note and idea collecting software…

Link to Literature and Late’s Scrapple

Scrivener

Outline, edit, story board, write…

Link to Literature & Latte’s Scrivener

Snagit

Image and Screen capture. Super easy…

Link to Techsmith’s Snagit

Surfulater

Internet research capture program…

Link to Soft As It Gets Pty Ltd’s Surfulater

UltraRecall

Document capture and search program…

Link to Kinook’s UltraRecall

Content Transformer

Document Re-Use and Re-Purpose Software

Content Tranformer – Affiliate Promotion

Visual Thesaurus

Mind Map – Concept Map of Vocabulary and related words…

English and Spanish

Link to the ThinkMap’s Visual Thesaurus