The Table Mesa course builder gives you the power to do almost anything you want with your courses, but online courses may be completely new to you. So, to help you make the most of both the fact that your courses are online and they are on Table Mesa, we made a list of our top recommendations when making a course!
Prepping to build your course
- Think about your course objectives before you build your course, and include them in your course settings.
- Keep your course outline short and sweet
- Include all of the valid "Professions" the course relates to
- Include all applicable course subject areas (i.e. Board-approved Nursing CE, Florida board-approved medical errors).
- Check the “Require License of Certification Number” box to make reporting credits simpler.
- If you have CE Broker integration, include the CE Broker course number.
Making your course cover image
- Avoid clip art at all costs.
- If you are using a picture, make sure it is captivating but not super complex.
- Create a template you can use across all of your courses so students will recognize it as yours.
Building your course
- The more media you use, the better
- Avoid dropping in PowerPoint slides or photocopies of printed material as your entire course material. You will get way better reviews from cutting and pasting the same content than just including the images.
- Try to integrate videos, because they have the best results and engagement
- Keep you paragraphs short (no more than 5 lines)
- If you have a lot of content, break it up over multiple pages and with media. Include quizzes between sections. Add images to break up the text. Introduce graphics that visually show what is being read.
- DON’T paste entire course to one page, especially in package courses!
Including media in your courses
- Avoid clip art at all costs
- Include colorful illustrations and high-quality photos.
- Visual support will highly contribute to students understanding
- If you are using graphs, make sure the content in them is large enough to read.
- Do not use low-quality audio or video files.
- Double check your video and web links.
Designing your certificates
- Make sure to list all of the appropriate approvals
- Include your provider logo and signature. Without these, the certificate can be considered invalid by some boards.
- If applicable, list your provider number and course number (i.e. CE Broker Provider #50-10000)