45 Minutes To A Better Online Course

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Don't have time to read all the research? Here's a quick encapsulation of some of the emerging best practices for online instruction.

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45 Minutes To A Better Online Course

  1. 1. University of Houston-Victoria<br />Center for Teaching Innovation<br />Michael Weston, Instructional Technologist<br />April 6, 2010<br />45 Minutes to a better Course<br />
  2. 2. So, what makes a course “better”?<br />Learning outcomes?<br />Higher scores on student evaluations?<br />Student retention?<br />Student satisfaction?<br />Fun?<br />
  3. 3. Nope!<br />
  4. 4. These are the RESULTS of a “better” course:<br />Measureable increase in learning outcomes<br />Higher scores on student evaluations<br />Improved student retention in program<br />Students communicate their satisfaction<br />More Fun<br />
  5. 5. What makes a course “better”?<br />Content and Instruction<br />Common sense <br />Pedagogically sound<br />Research supported<br />Easy to implement<br />Get results!<br />
  6. 6. 14 Ideas that you can implement right now<br />
  7. 7. 1. Add a Welcome Message<br />
  8. 8. 2. Orientation<br />
  9. 9. 3. Diversity of Content<br />
  10. 10. 4. Modularize (aka ‘chunk’)<br />
  11. 11. 5. Group Activity<br />
  12. 12. 6. Challenge Them<br />
  13. 13. 7. Self-Reflection<br />
  14. 14. 8. Enthusiasm trumps polish<br />
  15. 15. 9. Sage on the Stage…<br />
  16. 16. …Or Guide on the side?<br />
  17. 17. 10. Get to know your students<br />
  18. 18. 11. Individualized Encouragement<br />
  19. 19. 12. Prompt Feedback<br />
  20. 20. 13. Email or Call Drop-offs<br />
  21. 21. 14. Forgive<br />

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