From Telecourses to Online Courses: A Story of Redesign | Du cours télévisé au cours en ligne : une histoire de redesign


  • Claude Potvin Laval University



This case deals with the redesign of a standard telecourse - printed material, professional studio video recordings and phone tutoring – into an online course. The redesign involved an adjunct professor in the Humanities having some experience in distance education but little with learning technologies. It was a two-year project including the grant application process. The main issues included replacing television-based content with multimedia content; understanding the complexity of interactions between materials, students, and tutors; and adapting traditional assessment approaches to online instruments and methods.

Author Biography

Claude Potvin, Laval University

Claude holds a Master's degree in Educational Technology from Université Laval. He is currently an instructional designer at Laval University in Quebec City, Canada, and specializes in online learning. Laval University is a dual-modal university that offers hundreds of online courses. Claude is also an online tutor in Educational Technology graduate programs at Téluq (Canada). Over the past 20 years, he has been working in distance education and has helped hundreds of faculty and subject matter experts from all fields to develop online courses with numerous pedagogical approaches and technologies, and trained dozens of instructional designers. (Website:






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