Filling out a lesson plan for each week or topic area will greatly facilitate the building of the online course. Each lesson plan can be copied into the online lesson modules. The Lesson Plan can then be used as the framework for your online course (see screenshots below).

Creating a Lesson PLAN

Weekly/Topic Area Lesson Title

Lesson Question

Offer the students a question to think about that the lecture and materials will help answer. You may want them to discuss and/or offer solutions/insights before and after the lesson lecture and activities.


The instructor should let the students know the concepts to be covered.
The aim of this lesson is to introduce concepts that…

Lesson Objectives

The instructor should also give the students more detail on what they can expect from the lecture, readings and activities. This is also where the instructor can let students know skills they should begin to attain.
  1. Understand the…
  2. Be able to analyze…
  3. Formulate…
  4. Discuss concepts of…

Lesson Lecture

The instructor should define the weekly (section) topic. Information for the week (or section) to be covered should be able to be narrated in 25- 50 minutes. (Narrated lectures are more focused and generally are significantly shorter than a typical classroom lecture.)
The lecture should be “chunked” into subtopics. Lectures should be broken into logical segments of 7-12 minutes. It is easier for students to concentrate and digest materials that are “chunked” into smaller, logical segments.

Lesson Activities

Here are a few examples of online course activities:

Reading Assignment

The instructor should list all readings to be completed for the weekly assignments and also post the readings for the next week. The instructor may want to offer suggestions of an issue to think about or a question to answer as they do the readings.

  • Text – Chapter 11
  • Articles: posted in weekly learning module

Discussion Questions

Discussion questions are often used to reinforce concepts, facilitate peer to peer interactions and also as a forum for the instructor to share some of his/her practical knowledge. The instructor may post one discussion for the readings and one for the lecture or have one or two discussion questions after each segment of the lecture. One approach that has worked well is to answer or reflect upon the discussion question as part of the lecture. This allows the instructor to offer personal/work insights and encourage students to relate the lecture/readings to their own experiences.

  1. What are the implications for…
  2. Why do you think organizations…
  3. When considering data migration…
  4. What do you think are the risks…
You are expected to participate in the discussion forum by posting at least one original comment (3-10 sentences displaying knowledge of the reading and lecture material) by end of the week (Sunday midnight). You are expected to respond to at least one other student posting by Sunday (midnight) the following week to receive full credit.

Tutorial Questions (Weekly Quiz – choose 6 out of 12 tutorials to complete)

One method of reinforcing concepts is through weekly quizzes or self-tests.

  1. List five reasons why…
  2. Briefly summarize…
  3. How might a Feasibility Study contribute…
  4. What might be contributing factors…


Having students write down a “take-away” thought or insight at the end of a lesson is a valuable learning exercise. The question posed at the beginning of the lesson could be answered in this medium. Journals are not necessarily shared every week. They often are used as a good conduit for an instructor/student conference or as an end of semester assignment where the student summarizes his journal entries and submits them to the instructor for comments.

Case Study

Case Studies can make an excellent individual or group project that helps to connects theoretical concepts to practical applications.

Interviewing Professionals

Example: Prepare an interview of a professional in this field and post the written or recorded Q&A to the discussion forum. You should collaborate with your peers on contacting a person of interest and preparing relevant interview questions.

Collaborating with Peers

It is important for students to value the knowledge of their peers and develop good interaction and team-building abilities. Students often struggle with group projects even though group interaction skills are essential for their career. Try to build group projects into the course with the recognition that you may need to help facilitate and teach effective collaborative skills

Supplemental Reading

  • Content Management Bible, 2nd Edition – Chapter 17.

Review and Summary

Let the students know what assignments were due this week, how many points they were worth and what assignments are up coming. You may also remind them of important conceptual “take-aways” they should have gained during the week.
There are a total of __ points available this week:
Discussion: # pts.
Tutorial: # pts.
This week’s lesson should have given you insights into….
You should start work on your first case study due at the end of week 7.

Other References

Provide students with a pathway for them to continue their learning outside the classroom.

Building the Course Online

The screenshot below shows the course home page using learning modules to organize learning materials. Notice that the structure of the learning module follows the lesson plan shown above.