Learn about the online instructional environment and how to envision your online course, develop a web course, plan phases of design and development, implement design guidelines, and more. Discover the principles behind the adoption of innovative educational technologies and the nature of the online learning environment. Study the phases of design and development and learn how to manage effective design models that motivate student-to-student interaction. Get the latest information on copyright issues, assessment and evaluation.
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About Your Instructor
Rita has consulted on the design and implementation of online learning courses, evaluated online programs, managed technology-related projects, and provided educational technology consulting and training to K-12 teachers and higher education faculty. She interacts with hundreds of faculty as an online instructor for courses such as Designing Online Instruction sponsored by the Learning Resources Network (LERN). She has presented at conferences sponsored by the International Council for Distance Education (ICDE), the University of Wisconsin, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, League of Innovation, and the Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT) on a variety of online learning topics.
She co-authored two books with Judith Boettcher, Faculty Guide for Moving Teaching and Learning to the Web in 1999 and 2004,and The Online Teaching Survival Guide: Simple and Practical Pedagogical Tips (2010). She wrote Engaging the Online Learner in 2004 with J. Ana Donaldson, and Assessing Learners Online in 2008 with Albert Oosterhof and Donald Ely. Rita has a Ph.D. in instructional systems from Florida State University and a Master’s degree in educational media and computers from Arizona State University.
Course OutlineUnit 1
Principles behind the adoption of technology innovation
The nature of the online learning environment
Envisioning Your Online Course
- Types of web courses
- Preparing for the move to the Web
- Analyzing your current course
- Planning your web course
- Identifying resources
- Design guidelines
Developing a Web course
- Team vs. Individual approach to development
- Phases of design and development
- Models of web courses
- Online collaboration
- Creating an interactive environment
- Motivating student-student interaction
- Managing interaction
Issues in the Web Environment
- Managing email
- Facilitating discussions
- Class size
Learner OutcomesAt the end of the course, you will:
- Possess the information necessary to understand the phases of design and development and design guidelines for online courses;
- Know the key steps in how to design online instruction, including the planning of online courses, identifying resources and design guidelines;
- Get answers to the most advanced questions about copyright issues, assessment and evaluation;
- Have addressed and discussed the most commonly asked problems and issues related to online instruction.
- Have the knowledge necessary to successfully design an online course.
- To provide participants with background information on the online environment and the principles behind the adoption of technology innovation with regard to the creation and growth of online courses;
- To provide participants with an understanding of the nature of the online learning environment;
- To give practical, how-to techniques for the design of online instruction, including the planning of online courses, identifying resources and design guidelines;
- To provide the best information on the phases of design and development of online courses and models;
- To provide expert experience and perspective to those already teaching online and to discuss advanced issues in teaching online.
Testimonials"I learned a lot from this experience and feel that I gained from the class what I had hoped to, a better understanding of online instruction." - Keith Johnson
"This course deepened my understanding of several aspects of on line learning. Thank you for your support, Rita." - Kathleen Cintavey
Applies Towards the Following Digital Badges
- Online Teaching Digital Badge : Required Courses