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  • 1. 45 Minutes to a Better Online Course Michael Weston St. Edward’s University
  • 2. So, what makes a course “better”? • Learning outcomes? • Higher scores on student evaluations? • Student retention? • Student satisfaction? • Fun?
  • 3. Nope!
  • 4. These are the RESULTS of a “better” course: • Measureable increase in learning outcomes • Higher scores on student evaluations • Improved student retention in program • Students communicate their satisfaction • More Fun
  • 5. What makes a course “better”? 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 Three ideas Eight ideas Twelve ideas 14 ideas! It starts with pedagogically sound ideas: Ideas
  • 6. 14 Ideas that you can implement right now • Common sense • Pedagogically sound • Research supported • Easy to implement • Get results!
  • 7. 1. Add a Welcome Message
  • 8. 2. Orientation
  • 9. 3. Diversity of Content
  • 10. 4. Modularize (aka ‘chunk’)
  • 11. 5. Group Activity
  • 12. 6. Challenge Them
  • 13. 7. Self-Reflection
  • 14. 8. Enthusiasm trumps polish
  • 15. 9. Guide/Side or Sage/Stage?
  • 16. 10. Get to know your students
  • 17. 11. Individualized Encouragement
  • 18. 12. Prompt Feedback
  • 19. 13. Email or Call Drop-offs
  • 20. 14. Forgive