Online Course Development
As an instructional designer and online instructor at the Community College of Baltimore County Catonsville, Dionne Thorne has worked with many instructors as they develop their online courses. Based on this experience, she offers the following advice on the course design process:
Many faculty members may believe that service learning and distance education are mutually exclusive endeavors. However, David Pratt, associate professor of education and coordinator of learning and technology for Purdue University North Central, has found otherwise. He has successfully integrated a service learning component into an online course, and the lessons he has learned are applicable for anyone planning to do likewise.
Much of what passes for an “online course” these days could more accurately be described as the electronic version of class hand-outs. These courses usually consist of a course description, a syllabus, lecture notes, reading lists, and assignment checklists. In other words, whatever materials a student might have viewed on paper in the past are now read onscreen, and whatever presentations a student might have watched in the classroom are now observed on their screen.
With constrained budgets and increasing calls for evidence of learning effectiveness, online programs are being forced to continually evaluate programs with an eye toward increased effectiveness. This seminar will introduce participants to strategies for leveraging analytics to inform the instructional design processes and improvements.
video Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
Online courses are increasingly being developed by a team of instructional designers, curriculum specialists, and instructional technologists. In the majority of cases, these courses feature standardized content such as a common syllabus and assignments, and reusable course modules and learning objects.
When designing an online course we tend to create the course based on our needs and time restraints, and often do not think of our students and the reasons why they are taking an online course. To effectively meet our students diverse needs, we must step back and ask ourselves:
They might not want to meet on the football field, but in the arena of online education, small schools can compete effectively with far larger ones. Learn proven steps for launching new online programs, including how to gain faculty support, identify lead administrators, develop solid instructional designs, and provide technological help during the transition to the new delivery system.
audio Online Seminar • Recorded on Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
In Tuesday’s post, we introduced Transparency by Design, an initiative from a consortium of adult-serving educational institutions with significant commitments to distance education. Today we conclude the organization’s list of eight basic principles for supporting transparency:
Shortcomings of an online course are not always obvious to the person who created it or teaches it. That is why it is helpful to seek other sources of information to determine whether a course is meeting its objectives. Mary Hricko, library director and associate professor of library and media services at Kent State University Geauga Campus and Twinsburg Center, recommends doing this in the following three ways:
Jonathan P. Mathews, assistant professor of energy and geo-environmental engineering at Penn State University, teaches a high-enrollment (more than 400 students) general education online course, Energy and the Environment. Although he has two teaching assistants, the logistics of managing such a large class would be overwhelming without implementing the following course design and management ideas.