There will defintely be deadlines; 2 reasons- 1) I am still a busy writer so need to plan the marking of assignments into my work. 2) having done distance learning before as a student but also a tutor, I know that success is linked to having a deadline.
I may in fact devise it as a 6-week course, with 2 modules being shorter, but with a week's deadline rather than 2 weeks.
But happy to listen to any more comments as they come!
The idea of having deadlines on an e-learning course is good, as some courses are just so open on that I one may not ever finish them. But if I were signing up to another ecourse I would want reasonable rather than strict deadlines, so wouldl probably go for eight weeks.
You could sell the short modules you aren't sure about as half modules, so that price-wise it looks more transparent. There's nothing worse than paying for a course and feeling fobbed off with some parts of it (though better than all of it I suppose).
I am an author/teacher in the throes of planning an e-course in writing non fiction books.
I am deliberating between having the course run over 4, 6 or even 8 weeks. I'm trying to balance the modules so they are all of equal content, but this is quite tricky. There could be 4 modules or at a pinch 6, but a couple of them would be shorter than the others - a bit concerned students may feel the shorter modules don't give value for money.
If you were taking such a course, would you prefer:
(1) An intensive 4-week course where you had to work on it roughly one hour a day. (2) An 8 week course where there was 2 weeks between modules. (3) A 6-week course where a couple of modules were for 2 weeks and the other two for one week.
My reservations about (3) are that people can forget deadlines if they change from module to module. Ideally, I wanted all assignments returned exactly 7 days after the module is emailed out, so a routine is established.
It will not be possible to enrol once the course has begun- there's a start and end date. There are deadlines for submission of work in order to keep students focused. The course will run several times a year, so the more intensive and shorter it is, the more times I can offer it.