As you work on your elearning course, it’s important to keep the basics in mind.
1. Start with the end in mind
- Create your objectives – target learning outcomes
- What do you want students to know or be able to do when they finish the course?
- Align your assessments with the objectives
- How will you assess student learning or skill acquisition?
- Align appropriate technologies with the assessments
- What technologies will embellish student learning?
2. Organize, organize, organize
- Create a navigation that is obvious – out in the open
- Put links in a logical order – that may mean a combination of topics and chronology
- Communication and technology directions should be at the top
- Weekly or topical modules come next
- General resources at the bottom
- Provide a course calendar so students can see the course as a whole
- Seek out good models – take a look at other e-learning courses
3. Redundancy … over and over … again and again
- Provide links to important information in more than one place
- Multimodal instructions – text, image, audio, video
4. Load as you go
- Create the skeleton of the course first so that as you finish building the components you can upload them right away
5. Back it up
- Make sure that you’re backing up your course in more than one place
- Archive a copy from your CMS, wiki, or blog (wherever you’re teaching the course)
- Amazon has recently made 5G available in their cloud
- Use Google Docs
- Save to a memory stick
6. Share who you are
- Letting your personality shine is more important and more difficult in the e-learning environment
- E-learning students need to know that you’re a real person, so do what you can to give them a glimpse at who you are
- Create a social presence in your classroom environment
- Use your voice – create podcasts
- Use your face – create videos
- Connect with Skype or Google Talk
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Thanks to Simon McIntyre from the College of Fine Arts at The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia for this excellent video series:
Learning to Teach Online project http://bit.ly/d18ac5
Accompanying PDF documents with even more detailed tips and strategies: http://scr.bi/eAcz1k