There are no exact right or wrong ways of designing a good online course. There are just better practices than others. Here are some to consider beforehand:
Engaging and challenging
Making your course engaging and a bit of a challenge keeps hold of the learner’s attention, sparks their interest, and encourages them to participate. it provokes learners to enhance their skills and knowledge. Every course should be cognitively challenging.
Be a visible and active instructor! Good online courses have instructors who are approachable, responsive and supportive, ones who work to address problems and concerns may arise. Not only does this benefit the student’s learning outcomes but it also builds trust between instructor and student.
Good courses outline the skills, abilities, and knowledge that students will gain, provides information and activities to obtain them and then assesses the student’s learnings of this information. These are 3 pillars of designing a course well.
Provide information that involves interactions between instructor and students and amongst students. Interactions between instructors and students can include students receiving feedback, support, and/or guidance. Interactions among students may include debating or groupwork.
The best courses often double as social learning environments.
Good courses involve students in “doing”, not just watching, reading, and listening.
Example – creative writing students are asked to write a poem, receive feedback, revise it and then produce a different poem.
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