Course content: Borrow, adapt or create?

Creating your own content is invigorating, and best done with some careful deliberation and planning, including scripting and choreography. However, detailed planning may not be a luxury you have at this time, and if you are unfamiliar with content creation, this could be quite a hill to climb. Therefore, this team recommends those unfamiliar with creating content to outsource your content at first, so you can spend time planning interactive assignments and working on your course assessments. There are wonderful resources and talks from experts available online, and we have aggregated links that you can use from resources you can lean on, including the ASBMB. Did you find a video on a topic you need to teach, but it contains an error? Use this as a teaching tool. Your LMS will have a way for you to provide a description of the resource, and you can give students the timestamp and explain the error.

For those familiar with content creation, be sure to create small bites of content based on the learning objectives that you have already streamlined. Think about the multiple topics that you would cover in a standard lecture period and create content for those topics separately. Consider how you will ensure that students are working through this material in a timely manner (i.e. quizzes and/or homework assignments with specific deadlines). There will be a fine balance between flexibility, especially for students with slower technology or limited access, and making sure that students are making progress. 

Most LMSs have limited space for uploaded content; however, YouTube is an excellent way to deliver videos to your students. When you upload, there will be an option for your video to be unlisted. This means that only individuals with the link can view it, and you can provide this link to your students through the LMS without it being able to be viewed publicly.  


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