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How to start

Determine how much time you can commit to the session or course you’re planning, and be prepared to modify your project accordingly. See below for more information on estimating timelines and time commitments, or consult with SMILI support staff to help build an estimate of the work. Project planning and organization are critical to the success of larger undertakings, like “flipping” an entire course or developing a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

Timelines and time commitments

Developing interactive sessions or an online course can be a major time commitment. It can take up to several hours per hour of classroom time to design and create an interactive curriculum, and full online courses can take 300-500 hours or more from the instructor alone. To get a more accurate estimation of planning timelines, refer to the table below, and contact SMILI support staff to discuss your specific project.

Project Type

When to Start Planning

1-5 interactive classroom sessions At least 3 month in advance of the first interactive session.
5-10 interactive classroom sessions At least 4 months in advance of the first interactive session
10 or more interactive classroom sessions At least 5 months in advance of the first interactive session
Creating an online course (non-MOOC) At least 5-6 months in advance of the course launch date
Creating a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) At least 6 months in advance of the course launch date
Converting an entire course to an interactive learning format At least 6 months in advance of the course launch date

Logistics

There are a number of logistical factors to consider when planning an online course or interactive sessions. You'll need to choose the methods, technologies, learning spaces, and people involved in developing and delivering your idea, and determine the work needed to complete it. These things can vary widely from project to project, but the SMILI support staff can help you work through them. Keep in mind that there is often more coordination involved than is typical for lecture-based courses.

Factors that can affect logistics include:

Planning Documents

Who can help?

If you are part of the Stanford School of Medicine or Stanford Hospital and Clinics, the SMILI support team can help you plan your project. Please contact us to get started.

There are also other organizations at Stanford who are equipped to help with these projects: