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Redesigning Course Materials for Online Delivery

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The true challenge in delivering online materials is keeping the environment dynamic and interactive. The goal of the workshop that accompanies this presenation is to provide suggestions and offer examples of how to retool current course materials and develop other instructional aids that will promote an effective online teaching and learning experience.

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Redesigning Course Materials for Online Delivery

  1. 1. Redesigning Materials for Online Delivery Northern Illinois University Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center www.facdev.niu.edu
  2. 2. Session Presenter Jason Rhode Assistant Director Faculty Development & Instructional Design Center
  3. 3. Session Instructions… <ul><li>Select a course that you currently teach or plan to teach face-to-face and you would like to develop online materials for </li></ul>
  4. 4. Session Objectives <ul><li>Develop specific instructional objectives for your course </li></ul><ul><li>Select instructional activities that best facilitate learning outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Identify existing course materials that can be immediately incorporated into the online learning environment </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate basic instructional design model for redesigning course materials </li></ul><ul><li>View examples of online course materials and activities </li></ul>
  5. 5. Questions to Consider… <ul><li>What are the instructional objectives for your course? </li></ul><ul><li>What materials have you already developed for your course? </li></ul><ul><li>How do students use your current materials? </li></ul><ul><li>How do your current materials address the instructional objectives? </li></ul>
  6. 6. A Few More Questions… <ul><li>Why are you looking to redesign materials for online delivery? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you used Blackboard or any other course management system? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If yes, what tools within the CMS are you familiar with? </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Media vs. Methods Media: - carriers of instructional methods (e.g. workbook, computer, video) Methods: <ul><li>psychologically active ingredients of instruction </li></ul><ul><li>must facilitate cognitive processes of learners </li></ul><ul><li>(e.g. examples, practice) </li></ul>(Clark, 2005)
  8. 8. Methods Linked to Cognitive Processes (Clark, 2005)
  9. 9. Instructional Design 101 <ul><li>Every instructor can benefit from a basic understanding of instructional design </li></ul><ul><li>The media doesn’t cause the learning, it’s the methods </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How as an instructor can you make use of the available media to enhance or facilitate your instructional methods? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How can you leverage the online learning environment for your instruction? </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Traditional ID Model Adapted from Dhal Anglada Evaluate Develop Implement Design Evaluate Analyze
  11. 11. I D E A : Pedagogy-Based Design © Mary Samardzija and Carol Scheidenhelm I nvestigate D esign/ D evelop E xecute A ppraise
  12. 12. I DEA: I nvestigate <ul><li>Outcomes for the course </li></ul><ul><li>Needs of the students </li></ul><ul><li>Available development time </li></ul><ul><li>Capabilities of online medium </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose of the item or activity </li></ul>© Mary Samardzija and Carol Scheidenhelm
  13. 13. I D EA: D esign/ D evelopment <ul><li>Basic outline of activity or media (ie: rough draft) </li></ul><ul><li>Determine format most effective </li></ul><ul><li>Refine draft & create template </li></ul><ul><li>Create documents, media, or activities based on the template </li></ul>© Mary Samardzija and Carol Scheidenhelm
  14. 14. I D E A: E xecute <ul><li>Deploy the materials </li></ul><ul><li>Provide detailed instructions for students </li></ul><ul><li>Be gracious the first time you employ new materials in your course </li></ul>© Mary Samardzija and Carol Scheidenhelm
  15. 15. I DE A : A ppraise <ul><li>How effective are the course materials and activities you are using? </li></ul><ul><li>How can the materials be improved? </li></ul>© Mary Samardzija and Carol Scheidenhelm
  16. 16. Recommendations <ul><li>Be realistic with your expectations for yourself and your students </li></ul><ul><li>Test a new media type for effectiveness before spending much time in development </li></ul>
  17. 17. Sample Online Media <ul><li>Course Information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Syllabi </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schedules & Rubrics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructional Presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Course Documents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructional Presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning Objects </li></ul></ul>For examples, see: http://www.niu.edu/facdev/programs/handouts/redesigningcoursematerials.shtml

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