Developing Effective Online Courses               Luis A. Lopez            St. Philip’s College            San Antonio, Te...
St. Philip’s College• St. Philip’s College is a 115 year-old public  comprehensive, multi-campus institution –San Antonio•...
My Background• More than 25 years as faculty member in  CIS/IT/Web Developer program• Have taught online classes since lat...
Key Course Elements•   Course structure•   First week activities•   Orientation to course•   Effective content•   Effectiv...
Course Structure                            QM 1 –Course                            Overview and• Home page               ...
First Week Activities• Icebreaker  discussion• Introduce yourself  to the class• Course orientation
Course Orientation• Technical requirements                 QM 1 –Course                                         Overview a...
Effective Content• Each module clearly states learning                                  QM 2 – Learning  objectives       ...
Effective Assessments• Multiple types of assessments    QM 3 – Assessment                                    and Measureme...
Active and Collaborative LearningActivities• Community of Learners  – Student to faculty communications  – Student to stud...
Effective and Innovative use ofTechnology• Learning Management System  – Canvas                        QM 6 – Course      ...
Lessons Learned• Clear, concise, easy-to-follow instructions  help students succeed• Quality orientation ensures a good be...
Lessons Learned• What lessons have you learned in  teaching online courses?
Challenges• What challenges have you faced in  teaching online courses?
Resources/Links• Instructional Innovation Center   – http://www.alamo.edu/spc/iic/• Instructure Canvas   – http://www.inst...
Contact Information• Luis A. Lopez, Dir. of Instructional &Professional  Development   – llopez@alamo.edu
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Course Tech 2013, Luis A. Lopez, Developing Effective Online Courses

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Teaching online classes requires an additional set of skills on the part of the instructor compared to teaching
face-to-face classes. In addition to being the content expert and an expert at using learning management system
tools, the instructor must also know how to develop engaging content and course activities that enable students
to learn without being in the same room or computer lab as the instructor. Teaching online means the instructor is
more often a facilitator, responding to questions and guiding students to the appropriate resources. Additionally,
the way the content is organized and presented in the online course may very well determine how successful the
students will be. With more than 15 years working with and training faculty to teach online, the speaker will
present key elements of effective online courses based on best practices and on the speaker’s experience
as an online instructor.

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Course Tech 2013, Luis A. Lopez, Developing Effective Online Courses

  1. 1. Developing Effective Online Courses Luis A. Lopez St. Philip’s College San Antonio, Texas
  2. 2. St. Philip’s College• St. Philip’s College is a 115 year-old public comprehensive, multi-campus institution –San Antonio• Enrollment: 10,000+ students• More than 3,800 students enrolled in online classes with more than 5,400 online enrollments• College offers more than 225 online classes• More than 180 faculty certified to teach online• Standard LMS is Instructure Canvas
  3. 3. My Background• More than 25 years as faculty member in CIS/IT/Web Developer program• Have taught online classes since late 1990’s• More than 14 years training and mentoring faculty to teach online• Since 2007, serve as Director of Instructional and Professional Development – Responsible for training faculty to teach online• Author of New Perspectives on Adobe Flash Professional series
  4. 4. Key Course Elements• Course structure• First week activities• Orientation to course• Effective content• Effective assessments• Active and collaborative learning activities• Effective and innovative use of technology
  5. 5. Course Structure QM 1 –Course Overview and• Home page Introduction – Welcome message – Course overview – Course requirements – Contact information• Modular structure• Easy to follow
  6. 6. First Week Activities• Icebreaker discussion• Introduce yourself to the class• Course orientation
  7. 7. Course Orientation• Technical requirements QM 1 –Course Overview and – Canvas (LMS) tools Introduction – Browser requirements – Course software• Syllabus – Clear expectations QM 2 – Learning Objectives – Course Objectives• Specific instructions on class activities – Assignments – Quizzes/Tests – Discussions
  8. 8. Effective Content• Each module clearly states learning QM 2 – Learning objectives Objectives• Tasks and student expectations are clearly stated• Varied content QM 4 – Instructional Materials – Course notes – Web resources – Videos
  9. 9. Effective Assessments• Multiple types of assessments QM 3 – Assessment and Measurement – Quizzes – Discussions – Research reports – Assignments – Software-specific projects• Self-assessments throughout the course• Rubrics• Canvas SpeedGrader
  10. 10. Active and Collaborative LearningActivities• Community of Learners – Student to faculty communications – Student to student communications QM 5 – Learner• Discussions Interaction and Engagement• Group activities• Regular and frequent instructor feedback
  11. 11. Effective and Innovative use ofTechnology• Learning Management System – Canvas QM 6 – Course Technology• Course software – Adobe Flash• Videos – YouTube – Instructor videos• SoftChalk lessons
  12. 12. Lessons Learned• Clear, concise, easy-to-follow instructions help students succeed• Quality orientation ensures a good beginning• Student engagement is critical• Teaching online classes is time-intensive• Developing effective online content, assignments, assessments takes more time and effort
  13. 13. Lessons Learned• What lessons have you learned in teaching online courses?
  14. 14. Challenges• What challenges have you faced in teaching online courses?
  15. 15. Resources/Links• Instructional Innovation Center – http://www.alamo.edu/spc/iic/• Instructure Canvas – http://www.instructure.com/• Quality Matters – http://www.qmprogram.org/• RubiStar – Rubrics – http://rubistar.4teachers.org/• The Online Teaching Survival Guide: Simple and Practical Pedagogical Tips by Judith V. Boettcher & Rita-Marie Conrad
  16. 16. Contact Information• Luis A. Lopez, Dir. of Instructional &Professional Development – llopez@alamo.edu

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