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Slides from a Moodle lab on the Guide to Online Course Design and Development at http://demo.lms.athabascau.ca/course/view.php?id=677

Slides from a Moodle lab on the Guide to Online Course Design and Development at http://demo.lms.athabascau.ca/course/view.php?id=677

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  • Form and Function: Moving from Print to Moodle Mary M Pringle John Ollerenshaw Educational Media Development
  • Moodle Lab – Guide to Online Course Design and Development
    • http://demo.lms.athabascau.ca/course/view.php?id=677
    3 April 2009
    • Five friendly functions:
      • Orientation
      • Communication and collaboration
      • Instruction
      • Learner support
      • Assessment
    Moodle Lab – Guide to Online Course Design and Development 3 April 2009
    • Orientation
    • Keep learners from getting lost as they move towards their goal.
    • Keep user frustration with the interface as close to zero as possible.
    • Includes introduction to the learner’s chosen discipline or profession.
    Moodle Lab – Guide to Online Course Design and Development 3 April 2009
    • Course overview, glossary, clear instructions, advance organizers, guiding questions.
    • Online handbooks and calendars.
    • Site map, how-to info, visual cues, labels and headings, simple design.
    • Guest professionals, program “cafes”.
    Moodle Lab – Guide to Online Course Design and Development 3 April 2009
    • Communication and collaboration
    • The basic idea is to connect learners to their tutor and to one another.
    • Could be separate functions, but in Moodle they often use the same tools.
    • A particular challenge in unpaced courses.
    Moodle Lab – Guide to Online Course Design and Development 3 April 2009
    • Try to be consistent in location and name of communication tools, e.g., Course Mail, Discussion Forum, Chat.
    • Blogs, wikis, sign-up sheets, polling, student-created glossaries, and forums can all be used in collaborative learning design.
    Moodle Lab – Guide to Online Course Design and Development 3 April 2009
    • Instruction
    • The basic idea is to set a series of tasks for learners that will bring them from the known to the unknown in order to get something they are seeking.
    • Avoid the information dump.
    Moodle Lab – Guide to Online Course Design and Development 3 April 2009
    • Learning objectives
    • Commentary
    • Learning activities, e.g., readings, journals, case studies, debates, invited guests, concept maps and models, problem-solving and critical thinking exercises, practice quizzes…
    Moodle Lab – Guide to Online Course Design and Development 3 April 2009
    • Learner support
    • The basic idea is to give learners the tools they need to accomplish the tasks set before them.
    • Increasingly important as literacy, numeracy, and life-long learning skills become the goal of education.
    Moodle Lab – Guide to Online Course Design and Development 3 April 2009
    • As David Foster Wallace said, “true freedom ‘means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed.’”
    Moodle Lab – Guide to Online Course Design and Development 3 April 2009
    • We could say the same of true education, which makes learner support an essential aspect of course design on a par with the traditional instructional functions.
    Moodle Lab – Guide to Online Course Design and Development 3 April 2009
    • Assessment
    • The basic idea is to give learners a chance to demonstrate that they are successfully completing their learning trajectory.
    • Assignments, quizzes, projects, portfolios.
    Moodle Lab – Guide to Online Course Design and Development 3 April 2009
    • Should be appropriate to both the learners’ goals as far as they can be determined and the standards of the discipline.
    • An invigilated examination can be a great motivator, purifier, and rite of passage.
    Moodle Lab – Guide to Online Course Design and Development 3 April 2009
    • Please visit the Guide to Online Course Design and Development at http://demo.lms.athabascau.ca/course/view.php?id=677 and add your ideas.
    Moodle Lab – Guide to Online Course Design and Development 3 April 2009