Step 1: Questions for Consideration

The following questions are designed to help you identify and consider relevant factors for your course’s particular context. This resource is a derivative of Guidance for Course Delivery Decision-Making Version 1.1. by the BCIT Learning and Teaching Centre under CC BY. To use this tool, click on the down arrow next to the option that best applies to your course or program. When you are done, you can print this off and use it to help you decide on the form(s) of delivery you want to adopt. Find definitions of the different modes of delivery in our Glossary

When you are finished with these questions, you can move on to Step 2.


Student needs are one of the major drivers to be considered in determining mode of delivery. If possible, consult with students about their preferences and needs in specific programs.


What age are your students?

Regardless of their age, how well prepared are your students (i.e. language ability, experience with post-secondary education, support at home, academic preparation, etc.)?

At what level are your students studying?

Where are your students located?

Will students have reliable access to the Internet?


Some areas of study lend themselves more to one mode of delivery than others.

To what extent do students need access to specialized equipment or space that is available only on campus?

To what extent must an instructor or instructional staff member be present in-person to provide guidance or feedback in using equipment or performing particular techniques?

How important is social or collaborative learning in this course?

To what extent does the course deal with sensitive, potentially disturbing topics?

Course Design

While additional help is available through EdTech and TCDC, ultimately, instructors will need to work within their current understanding of good course design and this will help shape decisions about the most appropriate mode of delivery.

Can assessments be adapted to online learning?

Can activities be adapted to online learning?

Can content be delivered online?

Instructor Readiness and Support

Instructor readiness and willingness to teach online in one form or another will be a major determinant in student success particularly in online environments.

How experienced are you (or the instructors delivering the course/program) in online teaching, other than emergency remote teaching?

How much time will you have to prepare for teaching in the chosen delivery mode?

External Factors

You might want to discuss any proposed changes in delivery mode with Program Advisory Committees, employers’ councils, accreditation bodies, or other external agencies to ensure that the changes are understood, accepted, and, hopefully, welcomed.

Do you need to meet requirements from professional accreditation bodies or other external agencies?

Do you need to address space or time constraints?

Congratulations! You have finished the guiding questions. You can print off the questions and responses and review the suggestions to help guide discussions and decisions about mode of delivery.

Next, move on to Step 2:

Complete the Course Delivery Worksheet. If you would like help completing this worksheet, contact TCDC.

Questions for Consideration by Teaching and Curriculum Development Centre, Langara College is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0

The list of considerations above is not exhaustive. Please leave us a comment below if you have an idea for a factor to add.

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