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Tools or Method for Developing Structure of Course


Hello from Berlin!

Since I'm new to the community: I'm a Technical Writer turned course developer and still very new to the business. I'm mostly working on the course material itself, neither being the consultant in contact with the client or being the trainer who delivers the course.

In this situation, I find that my biggest challenge is to find ways to communicate goals, content, and structure of a course between the customer, the consultant, and myself before beginning the actual work on the content.

I have developed a course charter which at a high level lists the goals and objectives of the course as well as a first rough idea of the topics involved.

I also have a content-course-matrix which then breaks down the content into more precisely defined chunks and shows which of these chunks the customer wants in which module/course.

The last step would now be to have a way to order the chunks within a module/course and also list which method should be used to deliver the content (presentation, exercise, etc).

Does anyone here use a tool or method for something similar or does know of a tool or method?

Thanks in advance,


Jens Reineking

4 Responses

  1. Training Specification Template

    We have a training specification document we use to agree many of the items you have mentioned with our internal customers, when developing bespoke materials for their business area.

    Happy to send on if you can provide your email.


    Hi there,

    I write a lot of programmes for lots of different companies. One of them uses the accelerated learning model as a rough structure for all courses i.e:

    Acquire the facts
    Sift for meaning
    Trigger the memory
    Exhibit the learning

    Following this structure means that you don’t fall into the trap of all ‘talk and chalk’, and (conversely) you aren’t asking delegates to complete activities (Trigger the memory/exhibit the learning) before you’ve provided them with some input.

    It isn’t a hard and fast approach, but I found it’s quite a good one.


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