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CapEd’s course development process progresses through three major stages: Definition and Design, Build, and Edit/QA/Review.

Phase 1: Definition and Design

During phase 1, the delivery timeline is determined, Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are identified, and over-arching goals of the course are established, including how the course fits into the program as a whole. A CapEd Instructional Designer (ID) will work collaboratively with your Program Director and/or SME(s) to define what the course will cover and the best approach to teaching the material online. The Definition and Design document serves as a paper prototype of the course to be built and provides a detailed outline of every element that will be needed.

Stakeholders review and sign-off on the completed Definition and Design document before moving to the Build stage of the development process.

Phase 2: Build

During Phase 2, IDs work collaboratively with SMEs to create the course as defined in Phase 1. During this phase, the course content is written and ancillary materials are integrated as needed; media elements are written and created, and supporting artifacts (self assessments, video, case studies) are created.

By the end of this phase, the course will be nearly complete.

Phase 3: Edit, Quality Assurance, Review

During Phase 3, the course is reviewed for accuracy, style, and fidelity to the design as established in Phase 1.

During this phase, course content is edited for style, grammar, and clarity, and receives three rounds of Quality Assurance testing. Phase 3 ensures that the course functions properly, instructions are clear, and outside resources are available. At the end of this phase, the course is complete.