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Strategies for Effective Online Course DevelopmentA southeastern civil engineering technology program has a successful history of distanceeducation, with more than half of the student population comprised of distance learners.Distance learning delivery has traditionally been via satellite and video-streaming with studentshaving the choice of asynchronous or synchronous options. The university is in the process ofupdating their distance learning technologies and has encouraged programs to migrate to anonline modality of distance learning. Developing and delivering online courses requiresdifferent competencies and facilitation skills than video streamed synchronous delivery or face toface instruction. A course delivered online changes the teaching and learning dynamics.Courses must be learner-centered with a learning environment that addresses the new roles of thestudent and instructor. The instructor needs to get to know the students, and empower studentsto manage their learning experience while creating an online community among the students.The instructor takes on the role of a facilitator of learning, and students must take a more activerole in the learning process. Students must be self-motivated, self-disciplined and willing to takeownership of their learning. The course content and layout are critical to student engagementand interaction with the instructor, the material and other students which plays a significant rolestudent success. Online courses must be developed for longevity, separated from a text that canbe revised a year after the online course is launched. Course modules, focused on course topics,should use multiple resources, readings, mini-lectures, assignments, online quizzes, discussionboards, web links, etc., to achieve learning outcomes. The course site should be easy to use andnavigate and include areas for course content as well as social engagement and discussions, usedto encourage interaction and community building. As more programs move to online courses,understanding effective strategies for planning, designing and facilitating these courses becomescritical to success.
Considine, C. L., & Seek, M. W., & Lester, J. (2014, June), Strategies for Effective Online Course Development Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/23038
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