Whether you are wanting to put an existing course online, or wanting to build a brand new course to be delivered online, or maybe you have been teaching online and want to get some ideas for making it better, for whatever reason you have come to this site to learn about teaching online.
An effective online course involves much more than putting the materials used in a face-to-face version of the course and giving students access. The unique characteristics of the online environment provide both challenges to be accommodated and benefits to take advantage of so that an online course can be as effective, efficient, and worthwhile as possible.
The following set of self-paced modules will provide you with a foundation of skills and knowledge to facilitate your ability to design effective online instruction. The modules provide instruction on both pedagogical and technical skills needed for teaching in the online environment.
Oklahoma State University implemented a new classroom management system (CMS) called Desire2Learn (D2L) in Spring 2007. At OSU, the D2L implementation is referred to as the “Online Classroom” (OC). As you proceed through these modules, you will have opportunities to observe tutorials that demonstrate how to perform tasks in the OC.
You will be encouraged to practice in your own OC courses as you work through the modules. Completion of these practice activities will ensure that you have acquired the skills necessary to teach using the OC.
If you have any questions as you become familiar with teaching with the Online Classroom (D2L), please contact ITLE at 744-1000.
The 7 principles of good practice in undergraduate education (Chickering & Gamson) would be helpful to read and reflect on as you proceed through these modules as well as when you design your course.