Developing an Online Curriculum: Technologies and Techniques by Lynnette R. Porter

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Advisor deals educating feedback to provide lecturers help and course for winning on-line instructing reviews. Covers path improvement, time administration, and neighborhood development. Softcover, hardcover on hand. DLC: educational systems--Design.

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In some institutions, in-house course designers, fluent in technology-speak and experienced with curriculum development and instructional design, are the ones who create and update courses. They may work with teachers who have taught online or with teachers of the on-site version of the course; they also may solicit feedback and suggestions from the institution’s students. A close collaboration among teachers and designers helps troubleshoot instructional problems and ensure that the design is pedagogically sound.

Dialogue among learners, the teacher, and other subject matter experts, as well as group activities that foster learning partnerships, help students construct knowledge (McDonald & Reushle, 2002). Group activities, social interaction, and application of concepts are often used online as part of a constructivist approach. A behaviorist approach provides students with materials through which learners gather the important concepts. This approach is often pictured as the teacher imparting information through lectures or notes and is generally more passive for learners than a constructivist approach.

In this situation, the need for the course has been established, the course approved and in place on campus, and some parameters for course content, prerequisites, and support already determined. In other words, you are not just creating online courses to be trendy or to prove that you can, and much of the preliminary justification or rationale for the course has been completed. Before your course planning gets into specifics, you and others involved with program development must be confident that learners need the course, the information does not duplicate that provided in other courses, the course fits into the planned or existing curriculum, and the subject matter can be well presented online.

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