N2OL Self-Paced - Designing an Online Course & Preparing to Teach Online for those New to Online Learning

To make the most of this experience you should plan to work closely with your campus-based instructional designer for individual feedback, approvals, campus-specific policies and procedures, and support for course design and technical issues.

  • This course requires you to design and develop an online course in an Learning Management System (LMS) and assumes you will teach it.
  • To successfully complete the required course design activities in this course you will need an online course shell with instructor-level access provided to you by your campus and on your campus LMS system prior to the start date of the course. Please plan accordingly.
  • The SUNY preferred online LMS is Blackboard Learn 9.1. This course is presented in Blackboard Learn 9.1, provides a Blackboard Learn 9.1 template to quick-start your course design, and assumes that you will design a course in the Blackboard Learn 9.1 environment.

Format: This course is designed for self-paced delivery. It is designed to be completed in an 8 Week time frame. It is presented in Blackboard and is open for self-enrollment through the end of June 2016. This course includes access to a companion online discussion group.

Course Description

This course is intended for those new to online teaching and online course development. In this self-paced online experience you will be provided with a model of how online courses can be effectively structured. You will also learn some foundational theory on effective online teaching and learning. You will be led through a step-by-step process that will help you conceptualize and design your own online course, including online course structure, organization, sequencing, pacing, learning activities design, as well as options for providing authentic/effective online student assessment, evaluation, and feedback. You will also have the opportunity to use an online course quality rubric to inform the design your online course, as well as to use it as a self-assessment prior to your first online delivery. You will also have the opportunity for some optional interaction with peers and volunteer online mentors in a companion online discussion group.

Course Objectives:
In a self-paced online experience you will have limited ability to fully assume the role of an online student in an online course and the full benefits and insights gained from that perspective and experience.

Specifically you will learn to:
  • Observe how this course and online learning activities are presented and organized.
  • Build your own online course (in BlackBoard - Bb) step by step.
  • Apply best practices in effective online teaching and learning in your own online course- including how to best present your content online, how to facilitate engaging interaction/collaboration with and between your students, and how to provide effective and efficient feedback and assess your students.
  • Read, view, use and explore various articles, videos, and online technologies to help deepen your understanding of how to create and contribute to an effective and engaging online teaching and learning environment.
  • Observe exemplary online courses and have the opportunity to listen to interviews and conversations with experience online instructors to learn from their experiences.
  • Self-assess your online course using checklists and the OSCQR online course quality review rubric.
  • Provide feedback on the course and the tools used in this course to help us understand your learning, and so we can make this course better for you and future participants in this course.
  • Participate in optional online interaction with peers and volunteer online mentors in a companion online discussion group that is external to the course.

  • Where

  • Online - Blackboard Learn 9.1

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