Course Design

Examine all the elements that help create a course.

Why Use Master Shells to Manage Online Courses

The major growth in online education over the last several years has underscored the importance of instructional designers and their role at  institutions of higher education across the country. As the industry has evolved to rely on these specialized roles, research literature and strategies related to quality in design, quality in teaching, and content management have proliferated as well. One such practice related to managing content and maintaining course quality and integrity — the use of master course shells to house and deploy materials for online courses — is often misunderstood. Sometimes this can lead to conflict between the instructors teaching a course and the instructional designers responsible for its ongoing maintenance and availability (Tate, 2017). This article outlines the benefits of master course shells with the goal of promoting more widespread adoption across the industry. Continue reading

Instructional Design Models and Theories: Connectionism

Connectionism theory is based on the principle of active learning and is the result of the work of the American psychologist Edward Thorndike. This work led to Thorndike’s Laws. According to these Laws, learning is achieved when an individual is able to form associations between a particular stimulus and a response. The three main laws are the Law of Readiness, the Law of Exercise, and the Law of Effect. Continue reading

What Makes a Remarkable Online Course? Part 2: Course Teaching and Facilitation Recommendations from ASU Faculty

What makes a learning experience for online students truly remarkable? We recently surveyed a group of ASU faculty to identify course design and facilitation elements they believe help to create remarkable learning experiences for online students. For this article, we’ll review online teaching recommendations the faculty shared in the survey. An article on course design recommendations from ASU faculty is also available. Continue reading

Instructional Design Models and Theories: How to Choose the Best Model

Innovation and research are at the heart of Online Learning. Every year new eLearning methodologies and technologies come to light. As such, choosing the best Instructional Design model for your course design can be a challenge. In this UTO Training session on Instructional Design, we examine eight tips to help you select the ideal Instructional Design approach for your next lesson or course. Continue reading

What Makes an Online Course Remarkable? Part 1: Course Design Recommendations from ASU Faculty

What makes a learning experience for online students truly remarkable? We recently surveyed a group of ASU faculty in order to identify course design and facilitation elements they believe help to create remarkable learning experiences for online students. For this article, we’ll review course design recommendations the faculty shared in the survey. An article listing online teaching recommendations is also available. Continue reading

Tips for Making Your Courses More Accessible

 

As instructors, we want to challenge our students, help them to learn and grow, and ensure they have a positive experience in our courses. We carefully develop and curate content that will engage students and help them meet our course objectives. One thing we may not consider are the challenges students with disabilities may experience when interacting with our content. Continue reading