Designing and Teaching Online

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Audience: Instructional designers, Industry training and students

The Designing and Teaching Online course focuses on the theory and practice of teaching online. In the course, you will learn the basics of effective course design for both online and hybrid courses. You will also explore best practices in teaching online and hybrid courses.


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Getting Started

Getting Started

For a good start, please read everything in the Getting Started Module. This course focuses on the theory and practice of teaching online. In the course, you will learn the basics of effective course design for both online and hybrid courses. You will also explore best practices in teaching online and hybrid courses.

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Addressing Student Readiness

Student Readiness

This module addresses student readiness for an online course. In this module, we will look at the characteristics of effective online learners and the skills students need in order to be successful in an online course. We will also explore ways to assess student readiness and learning styles.

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Setting Expectations

Setting Expectations

In this module, the importance of clearly defining the expectations for students in your online course will be discussed along with where to include that information.

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Designing Effective Courses

Designing Effective Courses

As you learned in the previous module, clearly communicating your expectations plays a vital role in a distance course. In this module, other elements of designing an effective course will be discussed.

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Creating Assessments

Creating Assessments

How will you assess your students in an online course? What do you need to consider when designing online assessments? In this module, designing effective assessments for distance courses will be discussed. Best practices for improving the integrity of online assessments will also be explored along with giving effective feedback and using rubrics.

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Communicating and Building and Online Community

Communicating and Building Online Communities

This module covers the importance of communicating with your online students and describes methods and guidelines for effective online communication. In addition, it discusses how to build community through activities such as online discussions.

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