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Instructional Strategies for Online Courses

Instructional Strategies for Online Courses
Instructional Strategies for Online Courses Effective online instruction depends on learning experiences appropriately designed and facilitated by knowledgeable educators. Because learners have different learning stylesor a combination of styles, online educators should design activities multiple modes of learning in order to provide significant experiences for each class participant. In designing online courses, use multiple instructional strategies. Teaching models exist which apply to traditional higher education learning environments, and when designing courses for the online environment, these strategies should be adapted to the new environment. Traditionally, in a teacher-centered classroom, instructors control their environment because they have a monopoly on information. Online learning environments permit a range of interactive methodologies. Learning contracts connect educational needs to individual student needs. The discussion group Guided design Role playing Games The panel

Designing for Learning Allison BrownMurdoch University Introduction How do online courses differ from traditional university courses? Four Types of Discussion Forums » The Online Learning Curve Forums are a useful tool that can engage all participants of your online classroom. Deciding which type of forum to apply can affect the flow of your discussion. Each forum type has different posting parameters that can require students to answer a single question without first reading what others have posted or allow students to freely express themselves by creating new threads. Seven Guidelines for Designing Effective Course Pages for the Online Classroom June 18, 2013 By: Rob Kelly in Instructional Design The design of your course pages can have a significant effect on the learning experience in your online course. Good design can draw students in, help them comprehend the information the first time they read it, and enable them to easily retrieve information, says Sheree Webb, an instructional designer at Tyler Junior College.

Navigating the Two Kinds of Online Discussion Forums Navigating the Two Kinds of Online Discussion Forums was originally written for the EdTech Researcher Blog published by Education Week. Over the weekend, edX announced some changes to the features in their discussion forums, and the changes illuminate some interesting issues in student behavior, pedagogy, and instructional design. On the one hand, discussion forums are often seen as central to massive open online courses because in many courses it's really the only space where students can speak back to professors or one another. Strategies for Online Teaching Online teaching is increasingly common at many types of higher education institutions, ranging from hybrid courses that offer a combination of in-person and online instruction, to fully online experiences and distance learning. The following resources provide guidelines for creating an online course, best practices for teaching online, and strategies for assessing the quality of online education. CRLT Occasional Paper #18: Online Teaching (Zhu, Dezure, & Payette, 2003) This paper explores key questions to consider when planning an online course and provides guidelines for effective instructional practices. Instructional Design (Illinois Online Network) An ever-changing collection of articles related to teaching online (including Tip of the Month), basic resources, and spotlight issues. As this site is well-maintained, it is worth occasionally checking in to see if new material has been added.

5 Common Visual Design Mistakes I was working with a student intern the other day. We reviewed his first attempt at a rapid elearning course. For this review, we focused on the course’s visual design. Overall, he did a great job, especially for someone just starting out. However, he made some mistakes that are common to many of the courses I see. I thought I’d do a quick rundown of what they are and provide some tips on how to prevent them.