Victoria ISD EdTech Conference             March 5, 2011Demystifying Online Course Design           Richard A. Smith, Ph.D...
Distance Education is NOT New• Correspondence Schools   – Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (1878)   – Benton Harb...
Creating A Distance Education Course• Use a course management system (CMS)  – Blackboard  – Moodle  – 15Desks  – Etc.• CMS...
Getting Started
How To Prepare• Get ducks in a row                       Pretty Ducks All In A Row by Jessica Coulter Smith
Put Class Materials in Individual            Folders
Class 1 Folder Opened
A Basic Online Class File
The Basics• Decide Course Format  – Social Format – Less formal     • Based on a single forum for an entire course  – Topi...
Basic Course Elements – Direct             Instruction Model• Overall Course     • Individual Classes    Units           ...
Course DesignDecisions• Course Tree Diagram  – Course Goals  – Course Content/Units/Revision  – Course Length  – Test Ques...
Visible to Student
Enter Course Here
Class Design – Introduction/Objectives
Class Design - Instruction
Class Design - Assignments
Weekly Assignments Due
Discussions
Assignment Tool
Tests
Rubrics for Teachers
Remember! A Folder for Everything
Folders Work Their Way into the CMS File                System                                      1                     ...
Late Assignments•   Here is some great advice. Do not wait until the evening that your assignment is due to start work    ...
Let’s Build a Simple Online Course
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Tree Diagram by UHCL Distance Education Student, Neil Snepp
A Basic Class File• View of Class 1 file
Instruction• How daily instruction appears
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Victoria isd ed tech conference march 2011

  1. 1. Victoria ISD EdTech Conference March 5, 2011Demystifying Online Course Design Richard A. Smith, Ph.D. & Caroline M. Crawford, Ed.D. School of Education University of Houston-Clear Lake
  2. 2. Distance Education is NOT New• Correspondence Schools – Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (1878) – Benton Harbor Plan (1922)• Broadcast Radio & Television – Radio: State University of Iowa (1925) – TV: State University of Iowa (1934)• Open Universities – Articulated Instructional Media Project (1964)• Teleconferencing (1982) – Business Personnel Training/Star Schools Project• Internet – Course Management Systems/Video/Teleconferencing
  3. 3. Creating A Distance Education Course• Use a course management system (CMS) – Blackboard – Moodle – 15Desks – Etc.• CMS provides the course foundation, skeleton, and scaffolding – It contains the course
  4. 4. Getting Started
  5. 5. How To Prepare• Get ducks in a row Pretty Ducks All In A Row by Jessica Coulter Smith
  6. 6. Put Class Materials in Individual Folders
  7. 7. Class 1 Folder Opened
  8. 8. A Basic Online Class File
  9. 9. The Basics• Decide Course Format – Social Format – Less formal • Based on a single forum for an entire course – Topics Format – Concept Oriented • Students work through a range of topics but a fixed schedule is not necessary. – Weekly Format – Date Oriented • Students work on topics in unison and on the same schedule
  10. 10. Basic Course Elements – Direct Instruction Model• Overall Course • Individual Classes  Units • Topic  Orientation • Goals  Syllabus • Objectives • Content • Instruction • Assignments • Tests • Standards
  11. 11. Course DesignDecisions• Course Tree Diagram – Course Goals – Course Content/Units/Revision – Course Length – Test Questions – Media Assignment – Look and Feel of the Course
  12. 12. Visible to Student
  13. 13. Enter Course Here
  14. 14. Class Design – Introduction/Objectives
  15. 15. Class Design - Instruction
  16. 16. Class Design - Assignments
  17. 17. Weekly Assignments Due
  18. 18. Discussions
  19. 19. Assignment Tool
  20. 20. Tests
  21. 21. Rubrics for Teachers
  22. 22. Remember! A Folder for Everything
  23. 23. Folders Work Their Way into the CMS File System 1 2
  24. 24. Late Assignments• Here is some great advice. Do not wait until the evening that your assignment is due to start work on it (and then plan to submit it). If you procrastinate until evening the assignment is due, I can virtually guarantee that you will not be able to submit your assignment. This is because the Assignment Tool link will close because one, or more, of the following catastrophes will occur:• Your home clock will not be synchronized with the Blackboard clock• You will accidentally erase all file without having saved it (make back-up copies of everything you do as you do it – do not wait until an assignment is finished to make a back-up copy)• The Blackboard server will be down for maintenance• A storm will interrupt your ISP service• Your computer will crash• You or a close relative (spouse, child, parent) will become ill• Your house will burn down• You cannot figure out how to complete your assignment• Your computer will be a victim of transient demonic possession• Martians will kidnap you and hold you for ransom until the President Obama agrees to give the Martians the State of Alaska for food storage.
  25. 25. Let’s Build a Simple Online Course
  26. 26. • End
  27. 27. • Blank
  28. 28. Tree Diagram by UHCL Distance Education Student, Neil Snepp
  29. 29. A Basic Class File• View of Class 1 file
  30. 30. Instruction• How daily instruction appears

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