Course Technology Elements to Ensure Quality in Online Courses


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Technology can make or break an online course. The right technology can inspire and assist different types of learners. By focusing on a few key elements of course technology, educators can learn how they can help ensure their course is up to par. These elements include key standards of the Quality Matters rubric surrounding course tools, navigation, access and currency of technology used in a course.

This deck is from the fourth installation of our Best Practices in Online Course Design webinar series by SoftChalk and Quality Matters to get a better understanding of these elements as well learn about several useful web tools you can use to enhance learning and engagement. For more useful teaching tools and tips on technology visit or follow @professorjosh.

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Course Technology Elements to Ensure Quality in Online Courses

  1. 1. Josh Murdock @ProfessorJosh Instructional Designer,Faculty,& Blogger Valencia College –
  2. 2. “If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.” – John Dewey
  3. 3. Which Came First Or The
  4. 4. “Technology is a tool, not a learning outcome.” Wrong Answers Right Answers Make Prezis Raise Awareness Start Blog Start Conversation Create Wordles Find Answers Publish Animotos Join Partners ProduceVideos Change Minds Develop Apps Drive Change
  5. 5. ScreenFlow Articulate Replay TechSmith Camtasia
  6. 6. “The need to know the capital of Florida died when my phone learned the answer. Rather, the students of tomorrow need to be able to think creatively:they will need to learn on their own, adapt to new challenges and innovate on-the-fly.” – Anthony Chivetta
  7. 7. • Textbook materials (e-book options) • Publisher materials and how to access them • What hardware and software do you need? • On campus options
  8. 8. “We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.” – David Warlick
  9. 9. How often do you update your course materials and try new tools?
  10. 10. Simulations Mobile Social Media
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  12. 12. @ProfessorJosh #QualityRocks