This is the first course
in the Online Teaching Certificate Program. This Program is for
students who want to create a course for the World Wide Web.
This class offers a basic introduction to web-based learning. Students will examine
theories and practices of distance education through an online environment. During
the semester, students will develop familiarity with different types of instructional
tools available through online courseware.
As you develop your online
materials in this course, you may need some help finding materials on the Web
in your area of interest and help with developing online assignments.
The primary goal of
this course is for students, working individually, or in teams, to develop their
own course materials for delivery via the web.
The student will need the
following prerequisite skills:
- Expert in the topic they
will be teaching or prior instructional design experience.
- Basic knowledge of email,
Web browsing, and uploading Web pages.
Based on selected criteria
for evaluation, students will submit a written critique of other online courses
Students will have written
and published to the web, one complete module of instruction that includes an
assessment of the target audience and prerequisite skills, module content, a
formative evaluation of student assignments, assessment criteria, and instructor's
Students will complete a
management plan for design and development of an entire course, including a
summary of the formative evaluation process
1) Students will participate in teacher-facilitated discussions
2) Students will demonstrate skills in posted assignments to the web
3) Students will meet in online groups to plan and produce projects.
4) Students will critique and discuss each other’s work
1) Text readings
2) Readings from assigned articles and online sources
3) Completion of at least two publishing projects of increasing sophistication
Substantial writing requirements are not
appropriate for this course. Alternately, students are assessed through demonstrations
of problem solving ability.
Grade of CR/NC
50% of grade = final project
20% of grade = participation in and contributions to online class discussions
30% of grade = written critique of
selected online courses
Students will be
given a limited chance to utilize extra credit to bring up their grade at any
given time. The amount of extra credit is limited to 10% of the total possible
Evaluation methods for this class includes but is not limited to online exercises
to demonstrate an understanding of the material presented. This will include
(but is not limited to) production assignments, research, homework assignments,
discussion participation and written assignments.
Percentages and Letter Grades:
Score >= 90% = A
90% score>= 80% = B
80% score>= 70% = C
70% score>= 60% = D
60% score & below = F
see the "Academic Dishonesty" policy in the student handbook.
All students must have their own
book and materials.
Reading (available through
an online book store such as Amazon.com
Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching,
Williams, Robin, Non Designers Web Book
This is a primer on how to create web pages. It provides simple but important
tips on how to create web pages and how to make them look good.
Paloff/Pratt, Building Learning Communities in
Cyberspace, Jossey-Bass, 1999, 0-7879-4460-2
This book explores issues in teaching and learning when "learning leaves
the classroom." It delves into the strategies for creating an environment
where students interact in learning communities.
Work", Mager, R.F., Center for Effective Performance. Atlanta: 1998.
Easy to read book on instructional design.
Krug, Don't Make Me
This is a brilliant, fun book to read on interface design.
The Yale C/AIM Web Style
This online style guide is the original "stone tablet" for web page
design. Translated in technology years, it is a classic resource.
Preparation for taking
an online course