The term “online course” is not used throughout this site because it is often associated with many months of planning, development and creation of a media-rich and highly interactive learning environment. In this pandemic, translating your in-class course to an online course is not possible. This page is included in the site to outline the differences between translated courses to digital formats vs. online courses to help outline where we are and where (in time) we could evolve our digital formatted courses to online ones. Resouces of interest below.
- From Introduction: “The purpose of this book is to provide guidance and advice for instructors who would like to develop an online course. The overall goal is to provide some clarity about many of the steps required to propose and design a course, to describe the resources needed, and to explain the roles of the stakeholders. Online courses generally take much longer to develop than most people realize. The information in this book is very important in that it is based on practical experience gleaned from those that have designed and offered successful courses.”
- A primer for Online Education in an Open Educational Resource. The text can be used as a whole, or just relevant parts. A little MOOC heavy but lots of good general information about creating an effective online course. They cover a little theory as well as student centered and asynchronous delivery. Alignment of content and assessment with outcomes, Assessments and content creating, timelines, accessibility, and more are featured in the chapters.
- This is a great starter activity to look at course design/re-design. It was created for a BCcampus Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) Bootcamp session but is open and can be adapted or used as is. The challenge invites you to look over your course and see what’s working, what isn’t, and how the assessments fit. Meant to be done in a couple of hours (with timing for each part) this is a great quick resource for looking at the components of your course and how they work together (or don’t). Includes accessibility and tech considerations. Focused around the Covid pivot but could work outside of that context too.
- Free, or pay for certificate. Covers Planning, OER, engagement and assessment. 99% rating from more than 22k reviews. Starts Oct 15 but looks like it runs regularly. Beginner level and takes about 17 hours to complete.