The oft asked question goes something like this: "How many hours does it take to develop a course"? SLN says something on the order of up to 100 hours of faculty time. Notice how that statement doesn't factor any MID time.
In the case of the course I'll be meeting on this am, let's provide the following breakdowns:
-some initial meeting time by my predecessor (probably 1-2 hours)
-reading/editing time (4 hours)
-first meeting/review session with me (1 hour)
-proof reading of course info section, adding needed materials (1 hour)
-reading/editing time for final review (4-5 hours)
-final meeting/review session with me (1.5 hours)
-final sanity check before go-live date (1 hour)
Total estimated time: 13-15 hours of MID time
Of course, this doesn't factor any email exchanges, phone calls, etc. into the total time spent. In this case, this is a very strong course, with great writing, and a clear cut sense of the instructional objectives to be accomplished. I wish everyone grasped these concepts as nicely as Lorrie has- my life would be sooooo easy!
On the bad side - I have an instructor who's gone AWOL. Found out from the help desk. Checked in with her via phone on Wed; she assured us she'd be in the course "that night". Think so? Nope. Now it's Friday AM, and I'll have to deal with it this PM. Not looking forward to playing the enforcer...