Look Who’s Talking About Online Course Design
A successful online course — that achieves the desired learning outcomes while keeping students engaged — starts long before the first student signs into the learning management system. Like any course, student success depends on the course’s design.
While it’s less common now than it once was, many faculty still have little experience creating online courses, which requires a different process than developing in-person courses. As such, it is important for inexperienced faculty to learn what they can about online instructional design before they embark on their first course.
Following is an overview of some of the most important work in the area of online course design and instruction, from professors as well as course designers themselves. These experts have done research and learned from their own firsthand experience what it takes to develop an online course that is engaging and effective.