Content Development Roleof the Educator/Developer
By the end of this lesson, you will be able to: Understand the components of lesson structure Define a textured environment Describe the needs of an online learner Understand educator examples of course outlines Describe appropriate activities Understand learning outcomes, staging a lesson and chunking information Understand the use of text, images and design presentation
LESSON• Core learning component FORMAT• Follows structure of course outline in syllabus Intensive Format Compressed 6 Weeks SECTIONS 1 or more lessons per week SEGMENTS Non-Intensive Format Breakdown of materials 15 Weeks to be learned Avg 1 lesson per week Learning Outcomes Activities Introduction Summary
A textured environment keeps learners involved and interested. A textured environment should: Vary activities to enable learners to interact with each other, the educator and content Include different types of readings Provide solutions and let the learners search for answers Vary media by using audio, video and podcasts Use text and image-based slide shows Include written narratives Change presenters Provide opportunities for reflection and self-assessment
Sosulski is the co-author of the text book, “Essentials of Online Course Design.” An introduction lesson from her course “Collaboration Technologies” is outlined below.(1) INTRODUCTION (2) CONTENT OF COURSE Identifies course format Identifies where lessons Defines due date are found in the online requirements shell Provides goals for the Provides goals for the 1st course week Discusses importance of Lists objectives for the 1st syllabus week
(3) READING ASSIGNMENTS (4) ACTIVITIES Defines expectations by Describes activity listing materials to read Identifies where to post Provides a brief statement on response for the activity Lists what student is the topic of the reading expected to do Provides a brief statement on Provides example of how the what learners can expect to education expects the learn Learner to respond References syllabus Provides due date and time
Thornbury teaches a Language Analysis course. An outline for a skill-based lesson is listed below. Breakdown into sub topics and Clearly state learning outcome multiple sections State how new material relates Present in smaller steps that to what has been previously build upon each other studied Keep course narrative brief State why new material is Present topic using simple important to topic language that creates no barriers Present task to assess Identify key terms by using understanding of new material brackets, italics, etc. Skill-based courses usually need small steps that build upon each other to ensure understanding.
Provide small activities that build upon one another in progressive steps Provide larger activities that contain a series of steps, such as a group project Ensure that activities are interesting, challenging and pedagogically sound Ensure that activities address learning styles
The purpose of developing content in differentways and perspectives ensures clarity andextends understanding.
Define Learning outcomes for the week Ensure that learning outcomes are measurable Ensure that content is directly related to the learning outcomes Ensure that activities help students achieve learning outcome
Identify readings and activities Identify where added explanations and definitions are necessary to support learning Decide how you will help pace learning Decide how you will assess learning
Break down blocks of information into incremental learning sections, segments or steps as appropriate for the subject matter Break down the presentation of material into a series of mini-presentations
Include: Short readings Text-based supplementary materials from internet or other sources Reflective self assessmentsKeep things flowing and offer opportunities todevelop a range of thinking skills.
Use: Charts Photos Illustrations Links Audio Clips Video Clips Podcasts DiagramsMake sure details are easy to see. Keep it simple toavoid information overload.
Make weekly announcements Participate and monitor online discussions Provide feedback on course assignments and activities Structure group activities Solicit feedback from students on course design, pace and structure Communicate with students regularly to ensure a well-engaged experience
Think about the online classes in which youhave participated. Did they follow the outlines suggested in this lesson? If they did not, would any of the information presented have made the courses easier to understand? Did anything stand out that you will incorporate into your own designs?