Before you begin designing your course you should consider its context and constraints.
While you may already have some ideas about what your course will look like, it can be helpful to clarify how the context of your course will offer opportunities and constraints.
Thinking about opportunities and constraints from the beginning will help you plan content and activities that fit well within the context and avoid creating activities that are later nullified because they won’t be possible given the constraints.
Fink (2013) groups the following situational factors by type.
Context of Teaching and Learning Situation
Expectations of External Groups
Nature of the Subject
Characteristics of the Learners
Characteristics of the Teacher
Special Pedagogical Challenge
Fink, L. D. (2013). Creating significant learning experiences: an integrated approach to designing college courses (Revised and updated edition). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.