Taking the time to carefully consider the design of your online course will be critical to it’s success. There are many similarities between the design of an online course and a face-to-face course, but there are also some important differences. Explore some of these differences including the expectations, resources, and management of a course.
- [Voiceover] Taking the time to carefully consider the design of your online course will be critical to its success. There are many similarities between the design of an online course and a face-to-face course, but there are also many important differences. Remember, you'll likely not be meeting face-to-face in order to introduce your learning outcomes, guidelines or expectations for the course. Also, as the course progresses, you won't be meeting face-to-face with students to gauge their level of comfort and confidence in the course. This all needs to be done online, and it deserves careful consideration.
In this chapter, we'll take a look at some of the key considerations for the design of your online course including how to welcome students to your course. How to introduce any learning outcomes, guidelines or expectations. Establish the scope and sequence of your course. Establish communication and collaboration best practices, and show students how they can track their progress as well as more. When teaching an online course, it's critical to ensure that you have properly communicated all expectations with your students. You don't want your students to be confused or uncertain about any aspect of the course.
You also want to establish rapport and trust early on in order to create a culture of collaboration and open communication. In this chapter, I'll be using several learning management systems to illustrate some of these points. This course is not designed, however, to teach the specific steps you'll to take within each learning management system as there's a lot to choose from. If you want to learn more about the features and functions for your LMS, or learning platform, I suggest watching a course on that specific platform. In our library, we have a ton of different courses for learning management systems such as Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle, Schoology, Desire2Learn, Edmodo and more.
Let's get started looking at online course design.
Staff author Oliver Schinkten draws the connections between high-quality instruction and online education. He provides a framework for creating a digital classroom—with or without a learning management system—and guidance to get students interacting with the course material, the instructor, and each other. Collaboration is the key to making the learning experience more dynamic. Oliver also shows how to incorporate digital resources and the latest ed tech into your classroom, and make sure the lessons are accessible to students of all ability levels.
- What is online education?
- Why does online education succeed?
- Understanding learning management systems
- Incorporating technology in the classroom
- Setting guidelines and expectations about online courses
- Writing learning outcomes and learning objectives
- Sharing and curating files and resources
- Tracking student progress
- Engaging students
- Fostering communication
- Providing feedback
- Making learning accessible to students with disabilities