Whether an academic is developing content for a fully online course or converting a didactic lecture into online interactive delivery, the preparation and work is very similar.

An academic has to invest a considerable amount of time to develop their subject expert content into an online delivery method.  Once completed the benefits will be evident.

Below are simplified elements needed to develop online content.  Content can range from a topic, a module or an entire course.   Depending on the course requirements and learning outcomes, the below can vary.

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The Digital Medicine Unit can assist with sourcing copyright stock images and videos to enhance content while also providing in-house photography, video, animation, quizzes and building interactive content slides.  All data will be stored on long term servers, if the academic wants to update content in the future.    Content can also be given to the academic, if requested. 

Completed content will be uploaded to the College's LMS/VLE.


Element Digital Medicine Unit Deliverables Academic Requirements



  • Reviews the learning outcomes and research the subject and academic requirements.
  • Liaise with the academic lead on the introduction video and elements required for the video.
  • Video recording, development and editing.
  • Review video with the lead academic
  • Provides the Learning Outcomes
  • Prepares content and writes the script for the introduction video.  Establish who will be on the video, and if there will be additional video clips or images inserted.
  • Once the video elements are agreed, decide on location within TCD or with the DMU office.

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  • Reviews content - checks copyright and quality of any images or videos submitted.  Accessibility is checked.  Grammar and spell check will be done.
  • Uploads tasks and tests them on the VLE.
  • Submits content.  
  • Proof reads completed content and checks any tasks.                                                                                                                                                                                                  

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  • Redeveloping of content or structure of learning materials might be essential to ensure a good learning experience for the user.  The audio script may be broken up depending on interactive content for multimedia development. Learning outcomes have to be assessed throughout, to ensure that they are being achieved. 
  • Once developed it will be released to the academic for any further development, changes, edits, additional or adjusting audio, develop and review imagery graphics, interactivity, animations. 
  • A timely sign off is essential.  Once signed off, content will be published to the VLE.
  • All additional complimentary content will also be uploaded e.g. PDFs, podcasts, external links within the VLE.
  • Submits typed, learning material and any copyright or approved images/graphics - all relevant and as up to date as possible, if they refer to data/year (if patients content is used, we need approval or identifiable images blanked out).
  • Identify images, graphics that have to be sourced.
  • Design inhouse infographics or animation if required
  • Audio script.
  • Attends scheduled audio recording session to capture audio of script or arrange for remote recording of audio in the format that is needed for insertion into the online learning packages
  • Requests edits and  sign off is essential on interactive presentation.

Student Demonstrates Knowledge

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  • Can assist with explaining each functionality within the VLE to assist the Academic with decision making. Reviews the chosen tasks.
  • Assist with the implementation of the task and/or show how to optimise the outputs.

  • Tasks are based on the modules ECTS. 
  • There will be a range of built in VLE options that can be used e.g. Discussion boards, blogs, wikis, assignments.  Review if they are group or individual projects/assignments.

Demonstration of Critical Knowledge

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  • Based on the task. 
  • ePortfolios or private discussion boards may suit
  • or an investigation into third party software, depending on the topic. 
  • Initially setting them up or teaching how to set them up for the next academic year and how to run the assignment and analysis the results.
  • What is being developed is based on ECTS. 
  • Decide on a question or problem that is customised to the topic. 
  • For example, if on clinical placement, it should be based on their experience, without patient details just case studies, hospital environment, interaction with clinical staff.  Lessons learnt and any improvements that are required.  Enjoyable experience or had a bad day etc.

Summative and Formative Examination with Feedback

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  • Advises on best practice for test development and options.
  • Review and implement the MCQ, EMQ, project/essay assignment. 
  • Reviews quiz/assignment on the VLE.
  • Ensure the academic understands, the grade centre on the VLE and if required how to upload to SITS via the VLE.
  • If requested, show the analytic tools on the VLE post exam.
  • Discuss what is the best test format. 
  • Review accessibility and clarity of exam questions.
  • Decide on parameters.
  • Ensure good knowledge of the grade centre.
  • Ensure good knowledge of post exam data analytics.

Non-Core Material - Optional Additional Learning

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  • Ensure all further learning material is displayed in a logical format, all external links are valid.
  • Sources all further learning material.