All of the questions you are asking are part of the discussions we have within the Course Designers group where we get into the nitty gritty of using the template. People who post here that are heavy into design or the concepts involved are welcome to join the group. PM me with your email and I'll send info on joining. It's the closest we have to a college class on course design with several experts to help and tools to help you.
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