Online Learning at Critical Point?

16 11 2011

We seem to be at a critical point in distance learning. With the implementations of open source and commercial tools, student privacy issues, administrative flip-flopping, and to top it off legal directives, where are we headed? Oh, don’t forget open education and digital badges too. ALOT will be happening in this mode of education in the next 2-5 years. We will see a number of changes in the aforementioned, certainly. So, how do we move forward?

  1. Stay on top of the legal issues!
  2. Benchmark, benchmark, benchmark.
  3. Keep your finger on the administrative pulse.
  4. Read your top 3 journals religiously.
  5. Keep learning. (this really is tied with #1.)
  6. Collaborate with your peers and colleagues.

Creating a Comprehensive Online Syllabus

17 12 2008

Revising your face-to-face syllabus sounds easy, right?

You will need to consider several factors when creating an online syllabus. Remember all of the housekeeping issues you deal with at the beginning of each F2F class? Well, you will need to consider all of these issues in your online course up front…in the syllabus.

See the links below to review what to include and why. Remember your syllabus is the MOST important document in a course. Your course manifesto…

  • Evaluate Your Syllabus

“An Evaluation of Online Syllabi…”
Article byy Teresa Welsh

  • Planning the Course Syllabus

Center for Instructional Development and Research, University of Washington

  • Course Design and Planning Materials

Center for Teaching Excellence, Cornell University

  • Designing a Learning-Centered Syllabus

Center for Teaching Effectiveness University of Delaware

  • Syllabus Writing 101

Faculty Development 101, Penn State World Campus