Course Desgin

Best Practice in Online Course Design introduces participants to core frameworks and concepts in digital integration and digital content design. The course's focus is on creating accessible learning goal-focused digital content. Professional Learners will create a digital lesson or unit plan for this course to demonstrate their learning.

15 CTLE Hours

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Course Module List: 

Module 1. Getting Started 

In this module, we will introduce ourselves to the learning community, review basic terms in online learning, and reflect on our online instructional practice.

Module 2. TPACK and SAMR - Frameworks for Understanding Your Online Teaching Practice

In this module, you will look at two educational frameworks TPACK and SAMR. Educational frameworks are potent tools for conceptualizing your instructional practice. Both SAMR and TPACK can be used to help you identify current competencies and orient you to needed competencies in your practice, develop your professional learning goals, and plan instruction.

Module 3. Backward Design and More - Learning Goals First Technology Second 

This module will help you develop strategies for building online lessons, content learning goals, and selecting technologies to meet student learning goals. We will mainly explore a concept called Backward Design. We will also explore the two complementary strategies of Design Thinking and the Blended Learning Design process. 

Module 4. Web Content Accessibility for Course Design 

In Module Four, we will focus on creating accessible digital content for your online courses. This module will investigate the WCAG's (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines)  POUR acronym developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). POUR stands for Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, and Robust. 

Module 5. Universal Design for Learning

In this module, you will explore Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a framework that helps instructors design curriculum that mitigates barriers to learning. The three UDL principles are Engagement, Representation, and, Action and Expression.

Module 6. Final Course Assignment 

In this module, you will complete Your Turn! Apply What You Have Learned. In this assignment, you will be asked to create a sample lesson plan and reflect on your learning.