Content materials include slides, videos, websites, articles, textbooks, anecdotes, etc.
Curate your content carefully. Always check for relevance, timeliness, and context.
Take care to not put too much in the online course. Too many resources can overburden and confuse your learners unnecessarily.
Design assessment activities that are engaging for your learners but can also assess multiple learning outcomes.
For a better learning experience, your resources should be supplementary to YOUR content and only be used when they enhance the lesson.
Write your lessons or instructions as if you’re delivering it face-to-face.
You’ll want to provide an explanation of the topic, with examples and supporting details, where necessary, to give your learners a more comprehensive understanding of the topic/lesson.
While bullet points work well on PowerPoint, they don’t translate well in online learning. Why? Because they often require explanation that is provided orally by the presenter.
So, unless you’re planning to have an audio recording of yourself explaining each slide, bullet points won’t be enough.
The beauty of online learning is that learners can go back and reread/rewatch content as many times as they need.
You don’t need to repeat what you’re saying over and over like you may do in a face-to-face classroom, so plan your content well to be clear, precise, and easy to understand.
Think about what you do in the classroom to make a topic interactive and engaging – discussions, active participation, group/partner assignments, etc.
Add additional headings, images, callout boxes, and colours that require minimal effort but can significantly increase the amount of time learners spend on a particular page.
Be sure to source your audio-visual resources responsibly. Always check for Creative Commons licenses and use rights.
Responsible digital citizenship begins with us.
Be creative – make your own videos or audio recordings to present some of the content in a more contextualized and appropriately chunked manner.
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Consult your friendly neighborhood Tech Coach. or set up an appointment with CIRC-EdTech’s resident Instructional Design Associate to learn more.
Consider using a Discussion board or Activity Feed for class FAQs so you can moderate and answer one student’s question for the whole class to see.
The benefit of this discussion is other students are likely to answer these questions for you, which creates a more collaborative classroom.
Also, you don’t have to use social media platforms to connect with students if you don’t want to.
Once you’ve run the learning unit once or twice, tweak it to enhance the learning experience for the next cohort.
Use questions that students ask to help identify what you should modify/clarify.
Or maybe you found students struggled with one topic or lesson; go back and review that lesson to determine what can be improved (instructions? tone? style of presentation? level of engagement?).