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Random Thoughts on Instructional Design

Creating and Delivering Online Course Material

1. Provide content in alternative formats which yields stronger instructional delivery. Use redundant communication modes for multiple sensory input. This matches your instructional materials with student’s different cognitive styles.

  • Pictures + Text
  • Audio + Text
  • Video + Captions + Transcripts

2. Design a clear, explicit layout of the parts AND the whole of the learning material.
Organize by:

  • Sectioning content into chunks
  • Outlining content with headers, section titles, topics and sub-topics
  • Incorporating open white spaces (blank areas), bullets and lists

3. Write using concise sentences and smaller paragraphs.

  • Write summaries.
  • Write using active voice.

4. Use font styles such as Times New Roman, Arial, and Verdana on Windows computers. On Macintosh computers, use Times, Helvetica, and Geneva.

  • Use a 12 point font size for most text.
  • Use 1.5 line spacing for paragraphs.

5. For learners who may be color blind or color sensitive: Convey content by applying more than color coding. Use bolding and italics as well as other forms of emphasis such as repetition of text. Vary the colors used.

6. Provide access to software needed to use the files you provide.

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This entry was posted on March 21, 2007 by in Tip Jar.

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