[thelist] developing course content

Marc Seyon seyon at delime.com
Sat Feb 16 18:03:00 CST 2002

Hi guys,

I hope this isn't too offtopic, or doesn't breach any rules n
regulations... I'll try to keep it as vague as possible to avoid the latter.

I've done some teaching of web dev courses, but now I'm being asked to
develop the actual course content - ie, curriculum, training manual, etc.

I'm trying to work out a structure for what I'm going to charge.
Essentially I could go for an hourly rate, but I'd like to have an idea of
how long it would take. I'm looking at different equations to help me get a
guestimate of how much it'll come up to

One being how long it will take to
i) research the topics and compile the information
ii) structure this into sensible modules or sections
iii) write and "editorialise" it into something readable by the students
iv) develop exercises applicable to the material
v) document and test these exercises
vi) proof read everything

I'm also looking at something along the lines of "how many students will do
this course", "cost of the course (to students)", "how much is paid out to
the teacher", etc, to try to find a fair range in that regard.

I don't want to be brash and ask outright "how much can you afford to spend
on this?" - I know people like to talk budgets, but here it seems that it's
rather taboo for the contracted person to ask the company what their budget
is, cause the expectation is that the individual will then set his price
equal to the budget.

I guess what I'm asking is whether anyone who has experience doing this
sort of thing has any advice for me, even if it's just a "you're on the
right track".


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