"Transforming Your Course" (post) gives four tips "to transform your course to an online course ... through careful re-examination of course design, pedagogy, assessments, and technology in order to optimize the online learning experience."
1. "Start with Your Course Learning Outcomes"
- "Course learning outcomes drive learning in all courses."
- "Write specific, meaningful and measurable learning outcomes, stating what the students will “know” or be able to do by the end of the course."
- For more information on creating learning outcomes, see "Learning Outcomes (or Objectives): The Basics," "Learning Outcomes (or Objectives): A Resources)," "SMART Verbs for Learning Objectives or Learner Outcomes," and "Bloom's Taxonomy (Cognitive) Domain and Action Verbs."
2. "Apply Instructional Design Principles"
- "Use Backward Design and Course Mapping."
- "Identify the desired learning outcomes, plan learning experiences which map to the outcomes, and determine how learning will be assessed."
3. "Adopt a Learner-Centered, Active Learning Approach"
- "Carefully plan the types of interaction in your online course."
- "Encourage students to dialog, write, think, and evaluate."
- "Design purposeful activities which promote learner interaction and which leverage the online environment."
4. "Develop Your Online Teaching and Technology Skills"
- "Select and integrate technology tools to support learning in your online course."
- Take advantage of the Teaching Commons staff and resources for consultations, assistance, and technical guidance "for transforming teaching."