The following represents a list of important considerations when creating an online course. The list is a combination of my own ideas and those from my classmates in EDUC 4151.
– Clear criteria and suggested amount of time for learning activities and assessments.
– Frequent and timely communication from the instructor.
– User-friendly layout and navigation of the course website and resources.
– Diversity of media (articles, images, videos, etc.) to address different learning styles.
– Activities encourage interaction amongst learners.
– Be open to feedback about course layout and content.
– Conduct mid-term surveys to see how the course progresses and to check whether your learners are meeting course objectives.
– Always have a backup plan and additional tools to continually encourage the robust learning environment.
– Use visuals wherever possible to cut down on the volume of text.
– Check that all attachments, URLs, etc. are functioning.
– Start the course with ice breakers and informal introductions of students and instructor. Slowly move into more challenging activities as the course proceeds.
– Set up weekly interactive tutorial sessions which act as review sessions to help ensure students don’t get too far behind on the content of the course.
– Know who your learners are, how old they are and which are the best learning strategies for them.
– Make sure the course is easy to follow and clear instructions are given to the participants.