To find ideas for effective course design, I enroll in massive open online courses (MOOCs) and review how the course site and content are created and organized. I’ve enrolled in several MOOCs over the past year or so, and I’ll admit that, just like thousands of others who have enrolled in such online courses, I […]
“But I can’t possibly move my content and activities to an online environment!” If you have been charged with teaching a course online that you already teach in the physical classroom, you may wonder how your on-ground instructional content, activities, and assessments can ever work in the virtual environment. The answer is: they might not! […]
If I have learned one thing in my time as an instructional designer and developer, it is that success in this area relies heavily on the element of flexibility with one’s clients. I work in higher education, and flexibility is especially significant when thinking about the overall roles of the instructional designer and instructor in […]
Online course delivery always presents challenges. Instructors must determine the best way to provide content, instruction, and meaningful assessment as well as be aware of technologies available via the course’s learning management system. The work I just completed this week with a science education professor included all of these challenges, and in a couple of […]
As I learn more about pedagogy and best practices in instructional design, I’m clearly developing some strong opinions on what can make an online course effective—and not. The following are some of my strongest ideas (not in any specific order) about how to make an online course bad.