Design and pace course activities

Figuring out how focused each activity should be, and how many activities you should have in each step, can be tricky. Here are a couple of tips on how to pace your activities.

Limit Your Activity to a Single Task

There are no system limitations on the number of tasks you can define for an activity, so the structure of each activity is ultimately up to you. That being said, we strongly recommend you keep activities focused on a single task. The more tightly focused your individual activity is, the easier it is for your students to understand the concept and stay on track.

You might find it helpful to sketch out both the lessons and the activities for your course before you start uploading them to Ruzuku. There are no limits to the number of activities you can assign to a given lesson. However, we recommend that you have no more than 6-7 activities per lesson.

Consider Your Learners

When designing activities, you should also consider who your students are. How much time will they have to spend on your course for the duration of a given activity?

The first time you run a course, you might have to guess at this. Over time, however, you will develop a good sense of how long your students will want to spend on an individual activity.

Consider Length of Lessons

Next, consider how many activities a given lesson will contain. How much time will be required to complete those activities?

  • For video and audio, take the duration of the video/audio and add time for note taking and rewinding.
  • For text-based content, estimate a reading time of 200 words per minute. That might be a bit low, but better to over-estimate here than under-estimate.
  • For exercises, worksheets and other interactive elements, think about your experience with similar activities.

These bits of information can help you estimate how long a given lesson's duration should be. 

Alternatively, if you want to match each lesson to a set length of time (a week, for example), you could determine how long the activities should take for each week and use that to determine where lessons should be added. In this scenario, you might end up with two or more lessons for each concept, but I don’t think your learners will mind.

Consider Different Types of Activities

The last thing to keep in mind is that you'll want to change up the types of activities. If your course is primarily video-based, consider adding a separate activity with a worksheet or discussion prompt to give your readers a different kind of learning experience. Having different types of activities will keep your students interested and engaged with your content.

Your ultimate goal is to give your learners enough content to keep moving forward, but not so much that they feel overwhelmed.

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