James Gregory, Amy Powell
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. EDT
The introduction to an online course should orient students to the purpose of the class while reinforcing the syllabus and relaying critical information about instructor expectations for student work. The introduction often replaces the exchange that teachers have with students on the first day of a face-to-face class, so it is also an essential way to establish tone and to create a sense of connection between students and instructor. This session builds on Online Course Design Part 1 and will examine how to effectively develop a module to introduce an online course, as well as how the tools in Oncourse can support the design of online experiences that foster student success. Participants will learn how to design effective communication and navigation and will explore course orientation strategies that increase student achievement in an online environment. Participants will leave with a basic plan for an online course introduction and overview, in addition to strategies for content organization and course communication.