This is a guide to online course design. If you’re an experienced educator, you’re probably used to designing classroom courses. However, when you step away from the blackboard and into the world of virtual learning, you need a whole new set of tools and practices to guarantee your program is a success.
Here are three tips to making an online course.
1. You need to make an outline of your online course.
Every online course should consist of the following basic components: a detailed syllabus, core course content, opportunities for student interaction, opportunities for student feedback, tests and other assessments, and ease of accessibility.
Let’s take a look at how to design the right course material for your online classes.
2. You need to select the right course materials.
The meat of any successful online course is its core material. The proliferation of Internet technology has given rise to countless tools that can enhance the content of your distance learning course.
here are some of the tools at your disposal, depending on your needs.
You have blogs, wikipedia, group pages, discussion boards. You have vimeo, youtube, and powerpoint. You also have course email, web conferencing, streaming audio/video files, flash, and html files.
3. You should encourage student interaction.
Student interaction in particular is one of the most important aspects of learning that can be lost in virutal training.
Try breaking the class up into smaller groups to complete the following assignments.
Find, critique, and share lesson resources with the entire class.
Work through questions around an online case study.