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?