45 minutes to a Better Online Course

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45 minutes to a Better Online Course

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

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