Going back to school

This semester, I am participating as a student in the University of Arkansas course developed for faculty who are designing online courses. I will be working on the Principles of Microeconomics course until January 9, when I will be delivering the course I am learning to design and build.  As I go back to school to learn how to teach online, I’ll be capturing some of my experience through this blog.

Some notes from the online faculty orientation:

  • The idea of a quality course was introduced first, before any other topics!
  • The quality of the course comes from the level of commitment by the faculty and the intentional effort of building a well-structured course where the objectives, goals, and expectations are clear for all participants.
  • The emphasis on accessibility of my course was introduced about 18 minutes into the presentation.
  • The key is knowing that everything has to follow a well-thought structure, one that can be clearly portrayed to the student so that he or she can navigate the content in a seamless way.

When I look back on my notes, it becomes clear to me that these steps are not unique to online learning–this is just about good teaching!

What are your thoughts?


  1. Kay Murphy says:

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  2. Shay says:

    Oh my goodness! Impressive article, dude! Thank you. However, I am encountering difficulties with your RSS.

    I don’t know the reason why I cannot subscribe to it. Is there anyone else having identical RSS issues? Anyone who knows the solution can you kindly respond? Thanx!!

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