Ten Tips for Creating and Supporting Online and Hybrid Courses

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Ten Tips for Creating and Supporting Online and Hybrid Courses

  1. 1. Ten Tips for Designing and Supporting Online and Hybrid Courses Instructor: Deborah Turner
  2. 2. Tips for Designing Online Courses
  3. 3. Tip 1: Enhance Your Course Navigation and Structure First Second Organize your content by weeks or use modules Create a separate button or area for the current week’s work Third Specify due dates and/or a course timeline Fourth Identify which activities are required versus recommended Fifth Customize your course with colors, themes and a banner
  4. 4. Tip 2: Provide a Thorough Course Orientation Your course orientation starts the student off on the path to success Examples of what it should contain: Instructions for the steps in the orientation Requirement to review the syllabus Course navigation Online etiquette expectations Rubrics for assessments Blackboard and technical support information
  5. 5. Tip 3: Create an Online Community Post weekly Announcements as the course start page – staying fresh and connected Add an instructor introduction – a picture or video Have student introductions Create engaging discussions with current topics
  6. 6. Tip 4: Put Your Course in Alignment Create measurable course objectives that describe outcomes (define, list, compare, match, construct ) Provide instructions to students how to meet these objectives The learning activities should directly contribute to the achievement of the objectives Use assessments that measure students’ mastery of the objectives
  7. 7. Tip 5: Utilize Engaging Content Use tools and multimedia for different learning styles: • • • • Add audio and video to PowerPoint Put YouTube videos in your course to enhance learning Use SoftChalk and StudyMate Activities Create a course tour with Camtasia
  8. 8. Tip 6: Vary Assessments and Feedback Creating different types of assessments • Provide self-check assessments • Timely feedback to students • Use rubrics • Use the chat tool for office hours • Post an end-of –semester survey •
  9. 9. Tips for Designing Hybrid Courses
  10. 10. Tip 7: Provide Information for New Online Learners Hybrid students may be new to the online environment Use the Discussions for students to post questions Provide links to Blackboard tutorials Have extra instructions about working in the online classroom
  11. 11. Tip 8: Save In-Class Time • Post course content • Provide supplemental materials • Use the calendar as reminders and linking to assignments • Use the announcements for up-to-date information
  12. 12. Tip 9: Use Tools for 24/7 Collaboration and Reflection Collaboration Wikis and chat room Reflection Blogs and journals
  13. 13. Tip 10: Take Advantage of the Student Evaluation Tools for Retention • The Performance Dashboard • The Retention Center Course Reports •
  14. 14. These Ten Design Tips Can be Expanded and Offered in a Workshop Series:
  15. 15. •Sources of Information 3 Tips for Writing Measurable Objectives – The Learning Curve at http://www.learninghouse.com/blog/publishing/3-tips-for-writingmeasurable-objectives Quality Matters – Applying the QM Rubric – www.qualitymatters.org 7 Tips for Teaching Hybrid classes – Faculty Focus at http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/asynchronous-learningand-trends/seven-tips-for-teaching-hybrid-courses/ Embedding YouTube Video into PowerPoint 2010 – Ron Bosch - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1V0gm98Xj4g

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