Best Practices in Distnace Learning

While viewing these resouces consider ways you might incorporate "best practices" into your online coureses.

Online Course Design

The following are some guidelines to follow when designing a course although it is recommend that you look at other instructors examples of online courses.

The online course is clearly organized and easy to navigate. 

  • The course is organized in a logical, simple way. 
  • The page design is simple and professional looking. 
  •  A detailed course syllabus and course plan are posted. 
  • Each course unit/module follows a consistent format from assignment to assignment, so students become familiar with a routine and know how to navigate these course units/modules easily. 
  • Online classroom functions — such as chat, bulletin board, assignment folders, email, and course material pages — are used appropriately for the task

The online course meets the same objectives as the on-campus sections of the course.

  • Course activities address the same objectives as on-campus course activities.
  • Course requirements/assignments/activities are equivalent in difficulty and depth to those in the on-campus sections of the course.
  • Students are evaluated on the same objectives with the same emphasis and level of difficulty as the on-campus sections.
  • Each course unit/module gives students specific, detailed instructions for completing course assignments, including deadlines and criteria for evaluation. The unit/module learning objectives, learning activities, and assessments are aligned.

Technology is used effectively and appropriately for the discipline and the needs of students.

  • Instructor uses a mix of technology and resources that is appropriate for the discipline and the task.

 Adapted from Howard Community College

 


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Useful Resources:

@ONE offers free training in the area of online teaching to California Community College faculty.

Quality Matters is a faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components.

Last Modified 8/9/10