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Taking Your Course Online, Part 1 of 6

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For the past several months I have been working self-directed tutorial for online course development. I thought that a few of you might be able to use portions of this six part “Taking Your Course Online” guide at your own Institutions. All I ask is that you give credit where credit is due, and that you share some of your own practices.

Prepare Yourself for Teaching Online

  • Educate yourself by reading articles about web-based training, instructional design, technology education, and online learning. Links to resources in these areas can be found throughout this site.
  • Locate and introduce yourself to the Blackboard Administrator.
  • Ask the Administrator to create a user account, password, and blank course shell for you.
  • Understand Blackboard hardware and software specifications. Make sure your computer is set up with the correct requirements. Again, refer to the Administrator if you need assistance.
  • Practice using Blackboard. Take a workshop, arrange with the Blackboard Administrator for one-on-one training, or explore a peer’s course.

Prepare Your Materials

  • Identify measurable course objective. Determine what core competencies and knowledge students will need to meet these objectives.
  • Gather your course materials and content into a central location. Include items such as:
    • handouts,
    • slide shows,
    • syllabus,
    • overheads,
    • lecture notes,
    • projects,
    • assessments,
    • audio and video files,
    • web resources, and
    • discussion topics
  • Determine what format your materials exist in.
    • Take note of items already in electronic format and move them into course folders on your computer.
    • Have hard copy documents scanned.
    • Have audio tapes and photos converted into digital files (the instructional designer can assist with this task)
    • Collect web links and descriptions into a central file
    • Where necessary acquire copyright permissions
  • Accommodate different types of learners. Make sure visual learners have graphics and text they can see to foster learning. Provide narration and text for visual learners. Apply creative combinations of teaching strategies, using methods like instructional units, case studies, simulations, and self-evaluations to encourage learners.
  • Utilize the action principle, emphasizing clearly and continually the connections between what is being learned and the real world in which it will be applied.

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This entry was posted on October 6, 2005 by in Distance Education, Instructional Design, Techniques, Uncategorized.

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