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“The Course Design Canvas” customizing and creating courses

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Miquel Rodríguez | 21/12/17

At Netmind we have designed and provided customised training for over 25 years. We work by listening to the client, understanding their needs and offering the most suitable training solution taking into account their preferences and potential restrictions. There are occasions when one of our over 300 courses may be suitable, but on other occasions it is necessary to customise and create a specific course.

To facilitate this customisation, we have designed the Course Design Canvas.



Download the Course Design Canvas – Netmind here


Inspired by tools with similar formats such as the Business Model Canvas, Lean Canvas or Project Canvas, the Course Design Canvas is a tool which allows a course to be designed quickly, taking into account the most important aspects, viewing them simultaneously. This facilitates the coherence between all aspects of the course, while allowing each one of its sections to be designed in detail.

The main benefit of the Course Design Canvas is creating it with the client to be sure that we are taking their needs into account, and offering training which will satisfy them. In this sense, it greatly facilitates understanding and communication in a fast and effective way.

We will explain the different sections of the Course Design Canvas. Despite there being a recommended order for completing it, it is an iterative task where we progress as appropriate, reviewing whether alterations to content are necessary.


Title of the course

What will we call the course? It may be something simple such as “Scrum” or something longer and more specific such as “Visual Management: Visual Tools for Managing Teams and Projects“. Naming is more important than it seems; it will allow us to inform future students and carry out all associated management.



Do we have any expectations about the approximate duration of the course? During the development of the Course Design Canvas we will detail the desired objectives, content and exercises. This will provide information to then review whether the desired duration is appropriate.



What profile of individuals will attend the course?

Do they belong to the same team, department, organisation, etc.?

How many potential attendees are expected?


Learning Objectives

What do we want attendees to learn?

What must they know at the end of the course?

What concepts, techniques or tools must they know?



What is the content of the course?

What is the approximate schedule?



What minimum knowledge must the attendees have?

Is a prior certification or passing a test on knowledge necessary?

Is any experience related with the content of the course necessary?



Should students carry out any task before the start?

Should they read any article, view a video, or sit a test, etc.?



What activities will be carried out when training is completed?

Will there be an exam or evaluation of the knowledge acquired?



What teaching material will be issued on the course?

In what formats, and what language?

What technical requirements and materials must the classroom have?


Methodology and Practice

Is a course presential, online or blended?

What type of exercises will be carried out during the course?

Is there a balance between presentation, practical and evaluation activities?



Our experience in using the Course Design Canvas has been very positive with both clients and for designing our catalogue.

This tool is licensed under a Creative Commons license, so you can download it here and use it freely to design your courses.

Miquel Rodríguez

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