How to Provide a Course
To assist you better, we have outlined our standard guidelines on how to provide an Online Course, a Video Presentation or a Live Webinar. Also, by following these guidelines, this would allow us to maintain consistency in the format and presentation of our course material to our users.
Whether it is an Online Course, Video Presentation or a Live Webinar, the concept of preparing your course is the same for the most part. You can either select a course topic of your own or we can assist you in the selection process depending on your background and experience. Simply contact us for any guidance in this matter.
The course must fit the needs of engineers who need to renew their professional licenses as well as meet their respective state board requirements as follows:
The primary objective of the course being taught is to convey the skills and knowledge necessary for the engineer’s professional practice.
To get wide exposure for your course, ensure that your topic is broad in nature so it can relate to various engineering disciplines. On the other hand, more focused courses will attract a smaller audience.
Once you decide on the course topic(s), please email your list of proposed courses and estimated number of professional development hours (PDHs required to review the course and take the quiz) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will then review and discuss with you the submitted information. Once agreed by both parties, we will advise you to proceed with course preparation.
As a CEDengineering.com Course Provider, you need to develop and send the following course material to email@example.com:
The course outline shall be prepared in a standard Word format as follows:
- Provide a course description that briefly describes the material covered by the course. Here is where the student will get his first glance and an overall idea about the course. Therefore, ensure that the course description is concise with a composition that will interest the student.
- Explain the relevance and applicability of the course material to engineers, designers, inspectors, contractors and other professionals.
- Emphasize the skills and knowledge that the course offers to engineers, designers, inspectors, contractors and other professionals and list them accordingly.
- To assist you in creating the “Course Outline”, click on Sample Course Outline for guidance.
The course content shall be prepared in a standard Word (DOC) format for Online Courses and Power Point (PPT) format for Video Presentations and Live Webinars (using CED Engineering customized PPT template) as follows:
- You can either write your own course or use technical resources available in the public domain on the internet. Either way the course content shall be a stand alone document.
- If you use copyrighted information, you must obtain and state the written permission of the copyright holder. However, if you use technical resources already available in the public domain as part of your course material, then you must indicate the URL for the website containing the referenced material.
- Select a course title that is short but one that clearly describes the content of the course. Avoid lengthy titles as they may disinterest the user.
- Start your course with a clear format and organizational structure. The course should be structured in a logical manner starting with an introduction, followed by the main body, and ending with a conclusion. Your ideas should flow smoothly in a logical progression to allow the student to understand the subject matter.
- Use examples when necessary to emphasize a point you are trying to get across to the student. Include graphics, photographs or other images as part of your course content.
- You should estimate the number of unit hours required for a student to review the course material and take the quiz, as applicable.
- Ensure that the study time for the course you prepare does not exceed12 unit hours. If possible, consider breaking longer courses into two or three courses to reduce the study time, provided that the shorter courses can stand alone as independent courses.
Course Quiz and Answer Key
The course quiz (applicable only to Online Courses and Video Presentations) should cover a broad range of topics included in the course content. Prepare and submit a course quiz with an answer key as follows:
- The quiz questions may be of multiple-choice or a combination of multiple-choice and True/False type questions.
- Multiple-choice type questions should have four answers (a, b, c or d) to choose from.
- True/False type questions should not exceed 25% of the total number of questions presented.
- A minimum of 5 quiz questions are required for every unit hour of study time. However, a minimum of 10 questions are required for a 1 unit hour course. Therefore, depending on the study time required, the minimum number of questions required is as follows:
1 to 2 Unit Hour Course 10 Questions
3 Unit Hour Course 15 Questions
4+ Unit Hour Course 20 Questions + 5 more for each additional Unit Hour
- You may shuffle the order of the quiz questions to encourage students to search further through the subject matter which helps reinforce the material presented.
- Include the answers to the questions either at the top or bottom of the quiz, or by highlighting the correct answers within the quiz.
When you complete the preparation of your course material, please submit them to us in DOC or PPT format, as applicable. We will review your submittals and advise you of any changes or edits for your concurrence. Once the changes are incorporated, we will send you the final draft for your review and approval.
Producing a quality course for our users is the ultimate goal. Therefore, it is in both of our interests that we are contented with the final output before publishing your course online. Once approved by both parties, we will publish, promote and advertise your course on CEDengineering.com at no cost to you.
Once we post your course online your job is done for the most part. We only ask that you advise us of any relevant course updates. At that point we may ask you to incorporate these updates into the course content as necessary. We may also defer to you specific questions raised by our users if such questions require your technical expertise. We ask that you kindly reply in an expeditious manner in the mutual interest of keeping our users satisfied.
If you need any additional information on how to provide a course, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.