Online Learning

Designing an online course is a unique opportunity to widen the doors of your classroom to new voices from across the internet and even around the world.  While the possibilities may seem limitless, the one area that has not changed are the critical learning goals you have set for your studentsAs these goals may be accomplished in new ways, your guidance and presence as a teacher is as important as ever.  Innovative Learning is here to share evidence-informed practices and tip-sheets to help you along your way.  

1. Introduction to Online Learning

A good place to start is by putting yourself in the shoes of your learners.  Students benefit most from online learning experiences that are well-structured, flexible and engaging. Prepare for your students to interact with different types of learning materials at times that fit their schedules.  If you include live teaching sessions, build in opportunities for participation and feedback so students can actively build knowledge together.   

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2. Online Design Fundamentals

Create a general “roadmap” for your course that incorporates a weekly rhythm and a simple navigational structure.  Consider how your students’ learning experiences can be broken down into a series of modules, each with its own topic, purpose, learning objective(s), interactive activities, and knowledge checks. Students should be able to navigate through each module sequentially in order to build their skills and knowledge and meet learning goals and deadlines for course tasks. 

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3. Online Teaching and Learning Activities

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5. Building Learning Modules

Each learning module should guide students through a cohesive educational experience with a beginning, middle, and end.  Consider starting by activating learners’ prior beliefs with a quote, question, story or thought experiment. Then, guide them through acquiring new knowledge by presenting material in a variety of formats.  Next, let students apply what they learned in practice sets, case studies, debates, or another hands-on method.  Last, use assessment as a way to help you and the students calibrate how their knowledge is progressing.

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6. Creating and Curating Content

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7. Teach Your Course

The learning in an online class happens at the intersection of three important relationships:  The teacher and the learner, the learner and the material, and the learners and their peers.  Create a space for these three relationships to thrive, and you’re well on your way to excellent online facilitation. 

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