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
- 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
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
1) Students will participate in teacher-facilitated
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
1) Text readings
2) Readings from assigned articles and online sources
3) Completion of at least two publishing projects of increasing
writing requirements are not appropriate for this course. Alternately,
students are assessed through demonstrations of problem solving
Grading: Letter Grade of CR/NC
50% of grade = final project
20% of grade = participation in and contributions to online class
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.
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
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
"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
for taking an online course