Situational Factors

Introduction to Situational Factors

Typically, courses are not stand-alone entities. Rather, they situated within a wider context of various factors that have great influence upon the course and its design.

Some common factors include:

  • the academic program of which the course is a part of
  • the characteristics and nature of the learners
  • the characteristics and nature of the instructors
  • environmental factors such as the mode of instruction and the space within which the course will operate (either physical or digital)
  • the resources and technology available

Overall, situational factors are important to consider due to the immense influence they have upon a course and its design. This section explores the situational and contextual factors that typically influence and inform courses. Further, it will get you thinking about these factors in relation to your own course.