Tips for Designing Online Courses
by Karin Kirk, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College Jump down to communicating course content | using projects and case studies | references Online course design is rooted in the same solid principles of face-to-face teaching, but requires additional considerations. Start with the same pedagogic principles of overall course design, such as the Cutting Edge course design philosophy. Set out goals for the course: At the end of the course, I want my students to be able to... Traditional lecturing is replaced by a variety of multimedia communication tools. The default mode of communicating course content, the lecture, is generally absent or minimal in an online course. Options for communicating course content Strive for a variety of methods to appeal to a broad range of learning styles Projects and case studies can actively engage students. Online assignments and assessments present special challenges. Examples: Is the New Madrid Seismic Zone at risk for a large earthquake?
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