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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.

Learning Outcomes

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 notes

Students will complete a management plan for design and development of an entire course, including a summary of the formative evaluation process

Schedule and Assignments:

Course assignments:
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 otherís work

Out-of-Class Assignments:
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.

Grading: Letter 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 class points.

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

Regarding plagiarism, see the "Academic Dishonesty" policy in the student handbook.


All students must have their own book and materials.

Required Reading (available through an online book store such as Amazon.com
Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching,
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Recommended Reading
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.

"Making Instruction Work", Mager, R.F., Center for Effective Performance. Atlanta: 1998.
Easy to read book on instructional design.

Krug, Don't Make Me Think.
This is a brilliant, fun book to read on interface design.

The Yale C/AIM Web Style Guide at
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

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