One of the earliest courses I developed was a faculty training course for WebCT Campus Edition.
This course was used to web-enhance a face-to-face course for faculty who knew nothing about course management software.
Its simple design and basic instructions guided faculty through the navigation of the course and getting their computer up to snuff.
We worked on the basics of instructional design to build a solid base for the course.
After the success of WebCT 101, I developed WebCT 201 to help web-enhanced experienced faculty develop hybrid courses.
The course design remains simple, but a pre-course survey helps faculty realize how much they already knew.
This introductory module reviewed the course materials and expectations.
I used Course Genie to build much of the course content to show faculty a strategy other than Word for developing content.
The course highlighted more complex communication tools, such as chat and student homepages.
Of course, the next logical step was to create WebCT 301, an online course to assist faculty in creating their own online courses.
In this course, the faculty took turns in the driver ’s seat. Each week one member would be responsible for guiding the discussions & keeping things moving along. The goal was to give them guided practice in the most commonly used asynchronous tool.
The course also focused on tools outside of WebCT, such as blogs, wikis, and podcasts.