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Designing a Distance Learning Course by Mind Map: Designing a Distance Learning
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Designing a Distance Learning Course

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Technical requirements

Hardware, system minimum requrements, Headset & microphone

plugins, Adobe reader, Flash Player, QuickTime player

Browser tune up


Syllabus will be developed at the end; after all modules have been developed, and will function as a: Contract Calendar, and Map      

Syllabus quiz

This will be an actual quiz about the syllabus content; not just one question user agreement type. Participants must score 100% before they can see the course content.

Course description

Description and outline

This part could be placed in the homepage header. A brief description of the course, goal(s), structure, and setting (i.e. synchronous, asynchronous, F2F version if available, etc.) The entry level knowledge required to succeed in this course An explanation of what constitutes successful completion of the course; satisfactory performance.

Welcome video

Will include a description of the course as well as a walkthrough with screen shots to introduce the participants to different parts, components and resources in the course This video will function as an orientation at the same time              

Course Content

1. Introduction

What is online teaching?

The limitations and the potential of the online environment

The different forms of online teaching, Web enhanced, hybrid, fully online

The truth and the myth about teaching online

What does it take to teach online?, Technology skills, Other

2. Planning your Online Course

The ADDIE model

Writing clear objectives

Storyboarding, Is it the same as an outline?, Techniques & tools

3. Content presentation

Creating Online lectures as:, Text (HTML & PDF), Cons & Pros, Best Practices, Tools and techniques, Slide presentation, Cons & Pros, Best Practices, Tools and techniques, video, Cons & Pros, Best Practices, Tools and techniques, web conferencing, Cons & Pros, Best Practices, Tools and techniques

iCollege basics, Header and footer, File manager basics, Creating a folder structure, upload, download, delete, rename, etc, Create Web Dav connection, create folders (organizer pages), Add files, custom look and layout, Using Custom Icons

4. Learning Activities

Authentic activities, Characteristics of authentic activities, Can that be done online?, Using the web as a resource

Designing communication tools, Synchronous (WIMBA), Asynchronous (iCollege discussions), Threaded, Blog, Journal, Student Groups, Selective release (briefly), Best practices for designing communication activities, Online Etiquette

5. Incorporating Multimedia

What is multimedia

How it can enrich your course

Media, Images, Cons and pros, Best practices, Audio, Cons and pros, best practices, Video, Cons and pros, best practices, GPC Windows Media Server, Podcast, Cons and pros, best practices, USG podcasting server, Animation, Cons and pros, best practices

Embedding web video (Youtube, Blip.TV, etc.)

ADA compliance & section 508

Copyright and the murky world of fair use

Introduction to WIMBA voice tools

6. Online Assessment

Tying assessment tools to instructional objectives

Types of questions (Bloom's Taxonomy)

What makes a good assessment

Assessment in iCollege, Assessments, Types, Respondus, Advanced Techniques, Assignments, individual assignments, Group assignments, Sign up sheets, Graded Discussions, Grading forms

Tips & tricks to minimize cheating, Respondus Lockdown browser, Other techniques

7. Preparing the students for your online course

The online syllabus, Why all the way at the end?, Structure - components (GPC Online guidelines), The syllabus as a contract, The syllabus as a calendar, The syllabus as a map

Orientation / welcome video

Start-up checklist

Anticipating problems, Technical problems, Learning / communication style problems, Field-dependentce, Field-independence, Cultural background

Dry runs / low-stake assignments

support mechanisms, Glossary, FAQs, other

8. Managing your online course

Record keeping & file management, File manager - revisited, Folder structure, file naming considerations, Desktop mirror image, multiple versions of files, Naming conventions (student assignmentss)

Managing communication flow, Announcement tool, How to use it, What to use it for, email, rules, your availability, Channeling to discussion, Virtual office hours

Fostering asynchronous discussion

Managing synchronous communication

Guidelines for student participation, assigning grades, frequency, quality

Providing feedback, iCollege Gradebook, Affective considerations

Providing advice and support

Wrap up, End of course video, Recommended readings, We are here to help

Communication Center

General Discussions

Lounge Area

Questions about the course

Technical Issues

Useful Links

WIMBA room for synchronous sessions

WIMBA room for virtual office hours

Mid course survey

Final survey


How did we do that

Sorted links

Interactive Glossary