Conquering the Content: A Blueprint for Online Course Design by Robin M. Smith

By Robin M. Smith

Put your direction on-line now, with out sacrificing pedagogical quality

Conquering the content material: A Blueprint for on-line path layout and improvement, moment Edition is a hugely sensible advisor to making on-line classes. With information on incorporating studying thought into on-line direction content material, in addition to a number of templates, studying publications, and pattern documents, this booklet furnishes teachers with the knowledge and instruments they should layout and strengthen their direction content material to raised serve on-line scholars. This moment variation introduces relevance statements and time-saving information in addition to content material maps which offer a scaffold for content material association and support scholars anchor the themes of their stories for retrieval. Readers will achieve professional perception and most sensible practices for designing in the swiftly altering on-line studying atmosphere and discover ways to include fresh advances which can increase scholar results. as the e-book is designed to target on-line instructing pedagogy, it will not exit of date as particular instruments change.

Nearly one-third of all scholars in larger schooling are taking not less than one on-line classification, and on-line hybrid periods have gotten extra frequent. Distance studying is changing into the norm, yet developing an internet category is extra complicated than simply posting path content material on an internet site. Conquering the Content demonstrates how teachers can most sensible revamp their direction content material to fit the net studying atmosphere, and offers the instruments and assets teachers have to move their effectiveness from the school room to the web setting. find out how to:

  • Create student-friendly navigation constructions that help what's recognized in regards to the mind and learning
  • Organize content material in line with precedence, circulation, and simple navigation
  • Create checks that paintings in the parameters of a web course
  • "Chunk" info to facilitate higher processing

Time is of the essence in getting a direction on-line, yet it will be important that pedagogy no longer wander away within the weigh down of latest content material. path layout is simply as serious as path content material by way of distance studying results, and Conquering the Content offers a holistic and useful method of potent on-line path development.

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How Do I Know It’s the Learner Doing the Work? Begin Here Good Teaching Learning, Not Teaching Advantages to Online Environment Uncomfortable OK Online Different Selection & Documentation Questions One thing you can do is to have learners turn in intermediate steps to the assignments so that you can learn the character and quality of their writing and work. For example, if learners have to write a term paper, you might require that they turn in the following items at progressive dates along the way to the final paper: t Topic t Resources to use t Draft outline t Revised outline t Two to three draft paragraphs and additional subpoints for other sections of the outline t Three to six draft paragraphs and additional subpoints for the remainder of the outline t Bibliography t A rough draft of the paper t The final rewritten paper, including the bibliography With all of these steps, the learner will have to show you work along the way.

Indd 09:45:40:PM 08/07/2014 The Online Learner’s Environment Rather than being surrounded by a room full of other learners who are focused on the same subject matter for a period of time, an online learner may be surrounded by any number of circumstances at home. Crying babies have no concern for class time; if they are in distress, now is the time for action. By the same token, ringing phones, toddlers, meal preparation, carpools, work, and other duties often require that learners interrupt their online learning time.

Unlike in a face-to-face course, in an online course the course design and development tasks need to be completed before any portion of the course is delivered, so that the semester can be spent on the delivery and facilitation aspects of the course. In this book, we will focus most of our time on course design and development. There are several good references to aid course facilitation, including Conrad and Donaldson (2012), Lehman and Conceição (2010), and Palloff and Pratt (2004). indd 09:45:40:PM 08/07/2014 The Current Preparation for Future Updates Most courses need to be updated soon after being produced; therefore, it is best to design your course from the beginning such that it accommodates updates.

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